Contesting his first Assembly elections, Sandip Desai, the BJP candidate from Surat’s Choryasi seat won by a whopping margin of 1.86 lakh votes—second only to Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel’s victory margin of 1.92 lakhs votes from Ghatlodia.
While Desai got 2,36,033 votes, AAP candidate Prakash Contractor became a distant second with 49,615 votes and Congress’s Kantilal Patel polled just 25,840 votes.
Desai is considered close to Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil. Apart from the Koli Patel community, Choryasi also has a number of migrant voters from UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s public meeting in the area was attended by a large number of migrants.
Desai is also the vice-president of Surat district cooperative bank, SUMUL Dairy director, and the vice-president of the Surat Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC).
The seat, which has over 5.66 lakh electors, witnessed 56.18 percent voter turnout. Twelve candidates, including three independent candidates, were in the fray from the seat.
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