Isudan Gadhvi, a former TV news anchor and social activist, was named by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Friday as the party's chief ministerial candidate for Gujarat's upcoming assembly elections, where the party hopes to spring a surprise on the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and drop the opposition Congress into third place.
The 40-year-old Gadhvi, who serves as the AAP's national general secretary, received 73% of the vote in the party's poll to choose the candidate for chief executive, according to Delhi's chief minister Kejriwal. Gadhvi has been named the AAP's candidate for chief minister, according to the wishes of the people of Gujarat, Kejriwal said.
Gopal Italia, the head of the state party unit and a prominent Patidar, was Gadhvi's opponent. Italia was recently called before the National Women's Commission for making inflammatory remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. When the announcement was made, Italia, who was present on the dais, praised Gadhvi for being chosen as the party's CM face.