Gujarat: AAP MLA Bhupat Bhayani Joins BJP, Triggers By-Election In Visavadar Constituency

Gujarat: AAP MLA Bhupat Bhayani Joins BJP, Triggers By-Election In Visavadar Constituency

Bhupat Bhayani was among the five Aam Aadmi Party candidates who secured victory in the 2022 assembly elections in Gujarat.

Yogesh ParekhUpdated: Saturday, February 03, 2024, 06:00 PM IST
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In a significant political development, Bhupat Bhayani, the AAP MLA from Visavdar in Junagadh district, has officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after tendering his resignation from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The move came as a surprise to many, as Bhupat Bhayani was among the five Aam Aadmi Party candidates who secured victory in the 2022 assembly elections in Gujarat.

In a grand ceremony held under the leadership of BJP state president CR Paatil, Bhupat Bhayani and approximately 450 supporters embraced the saffron hues of the BJP. The state president welcomed Bhayani to the party by draping him with a sash, marking a significant shift in the political landscape of Junagadh.

Decision triggers necessity for by-election

The decision to switch parties has not only impacted Bhupat Bhayani's political trajectory but has also triggered the necessity for a by-election on the Visavadar seat, as Bhayani's resignation as an MLA necessitates a new representative for the constituency. The upcoming by-election is anticipated to be a closely watched event, given the shifting political dynamics in the region.

Even before the 2022 assembly elections, speculations were rife about Bhupat Bhayani's potential alignment with the BJP. However, the confirmation of his defection has now put an end to the conjectures that had been circulating in political circles.

The BJP, under the leadership of CR Paatil, seems to be making strategic moves to strengthen its presence in Gujarat, a state where politics is known for its intensity and heated debates. Bhupat Bhayani's shift is not just an individual move but is expected to influence local political equations, potentially altering the balance of power in Junagadh.

As Bhupat Bhayani and his supporters make the transition to the BJP, the party is likely to leverage this political move to bolster its standing in the region. The by-election for the Visavadar seat will be closely monitored, as it will not only determine the political fate of the constituency but will also serve as an indicator of the BJP's current momentum in Gujarat politics.

The formal joining of Bhupat Bhayani into the BJP adds another layer of complexity to the dynamic political landscape of Gujarat, leaving political pundits and citizens alike eager to witness how this development shapes the upcoming political scenarios in the state.

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