Navsari: Initially, tribal community declared their support to Bharatiya Janata Party – BJP for assembly election 2017, but later they revolted as they felt neglected by BJP. Hence, the tribal community has decided to contest assembly election from 65 tribal dominant constituencies. Presently, the political environment has stirred up as tribal party declared their candidates for 10 constituencies in South Gujarat. For assembly election 2017, BJP has already declared the names of 106 candidates while Congress is still in exclamation.
A few days back, Tribal party's President Dr Panjak Patel and his supporters attended the program of Adivashi Vikas Gaurav Yatra at Vasda and declared their support to BJP in presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and BJP regional President Jitu Vaghani. But, later they felt neglected, hence, they decided to rebel against BJP by contesting in the election and declared their candidates. The tribal party has decided to contest for 27 tribal constituencies and 35 tribal dominant constituencies. In their first list, they declared their 10 candidates from South Gujarat and very soon they will declare their more candidates in other constituencies, too. They also started door to door campaigning with their party symbol as "Slate", sectioned by the election commission, as soon as their first list of candidates were declared.
However, Congress and BJP are trying their best to acquire tribal belt constituencies in their favour by attracting tribal voters. Meanwhile, the tribal party declared their first list of candidates for total 10 constituencies which includes 3 in Navsari district, 5 in Valsad district, one in Dang district and one in Surat (Rural). Along with it, they were also optimist for their win in the election over tribal dominant constituencies.