State Fisheries Minister Purshottam Solanki will be the BJP candidate from Bhavnagar Rural.
Solanki had recently found himself in trouble over his alleged role in the Rs 400-crore fishing contract scam when Governor Kamla Beniwal overruled the state cabinet and ordered his prosecution under Prevention of Corruption Act.
His rival would be the Leader of the Opposition in the assembly and Congress leader Shaktisinh
BJP has put up former MLA Babu Bokhiria from Porbandar where his main rival would be state Congress president Arjun
Modhwadia. This would be another high-profile contest.
Two-time MLA from Botad Saurabh Patel, who is minister of state for Energy and Finance in Modi government, did not get ticket from the old constituency as Congress has fielded Rajkot MP Kuvarji Bavaliya there. Instead, the ticket has been given to T D
BJP veteran and Finance Minister Vajubhai Vala has been retained for Rajkot West.
The party has fielded Kanubhai Bhalala from Visavadar. Former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, who quit BJP to form his own party, is likely to contest from this constituency.