Electoral irony: BJP rebels backing party could split its votes in Vaghodia

Updated: Nov 25 2022 10:26AM

Vaghodia (Gujarat), Nov 25 (PTI) Two BJP rebels, both pledging to back it if they win and both contesting as independents, are going head to head in this assembly segment, their very support queering the pitch for the ruling party’s official candidate.

That six-time BJP legislator Madhu Shrivastav, who was replaced by the party's Vadodara district president Ashwin Patel, is one of them makes the saffron party’s road to victory in this keenly watched constituency a steeper uphill trudge.

Against Shrivastav, whose exclusion from the BJP’s electoral fray was a surprise for many, is Dharmendra Sinh Vaghela. In more similarities, the two former party colleagues and opponents have the image of being 'dabangs' (fearless) and 'bahubalis' (strongmen) in the constituency.