As many as six doctors are contesting assembly polls from different assembly constituencies in Saurashtra region from different political parties. Interestingly there are some assembly constituencies where doctors will make significant different Saurashtra’s political map in the up coming polls.
BJP has filed three medical professionals in Rajkot and Bhavnagar district where as Congress has fielded one while Dr. Kanubhai Kalsaria’s Sadbhavna Manch has fielded two medical professionals. BJP has pitted Dr. T D Maniya against powerful Congress Koli leader Kunvarji Bavalia in Botad. Dr T D Maniya, though, for many its surprise name in place of sitting BJP MLA Saurabh Patel but Dr T D Maniya, a medical practitioner in Botad with clean image can give a fight to the Koli strongman.
In Jasdan, BJP has fielded Dr Bharat Boghra, who had earlier entered Kunvarji Bavajia’s fortress in Jasdan by defeating Bavalia’s daughter Bhavna in by-polls. In Talaja, BJP has fielded Dr Bharti Shiyal, a consulting Ayurvedic practiotioner in Bhanvagar and Koli leader from Talaja.
In fact, Dr Kanubhai Kalsaria, whose candidate from newly formed political outfit Sadbhavna Manch, will field Dr Manhar Baldaniya from Talaja. Dr Manhar Baldaniya, a medical officer, runs a charitable hospital in Talaja for poor people.
Congress has fielded former MLA from Jamnagar and Dalit leader Dr Dinesh Parmar from Kalawad assembly constituency in Jamnagar. The most important contest will be seen in newly carved out Gariadhar seat where Dr Kanubhai Kalsaria, three times BJP MLA from Mahuva, has filed his nomination. BJP has fielded Keshubhai Nakrani, a Leuva Patel, in Gariadhar.
Dr. M R Kanani, a Leuva Patel, is contesting from Bhavnagar West on Congress ticket. Dr. Kanani is a former President of Indian Medical Association (Gujarat chapter) and is associated with various Leuva Patel community organizations in Bhavnagar district.
In Ahmedabad, orthopedic surgeon Dr Jitubhai Patel is fighting elections for the second time. In 2002, he had won on a BJP ticket from Sabarmati . After a hiatus from 2007-2012, he has now again sharpened in his political scalpel, switched parties and will contest from Naranpura seat as a Congress candidate.