Brahmins, Thakors representation up in BJP’s Gujarat list

On Thursday, the party declared names of 160 candidates in its first list. A simple back-of-the-envelope comparison of these 160 candidates with the 182 fielded by the BJP in 2017 reveals a fall in the strength of representation by certain communities. In 2012, BJP fielded eight Thakor candidates. In 2017, 15 Thakors were fielded by the party and on Thursday, its list of 160 candidates had 9 Thakors. But the real surprise was the doubling of Brahmin and upper caste representation in the list.