Congress to field Suresh Patel against Advani

March 31st, 2009 - 11:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Mar 31 (ANI): The Congress has decided to field Suresh Patel from Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani for upcoming general elections.

Patel is a two-term MLA from Kalol Assembly seat, which falls under the Gandhinagar constituency.

Suresh Patel (58), considered a person with a “clean image”, became an MLA from Kalol in 1998.

He had lost the seat in 2002 but wrested it back from the BJP in the 2007 assembly polls.

Advani has been representing the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat since 1991 but did not contest in 1996 after his name cropped up in the Hawala scam case in which he had got clean chit later on.

In 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Congress had fielded Gambhaji Thakur against Advani. (ANI)

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