Let's analyze the chances of the candidates in the fray. I understand Amrish Patel, Purushottam Khandelwal and Aniket Talati has the clear advantage of being the sitting or past committee members. Amrish Patel is contesting this election for the third time. He took a break of one term and before that he was in the managing committee for consecutive two terms. He is most senior member among all the contestants. He had also contested regional council elections last time. This gives him a clear edge over all others. And the same is with Purushottam Khandelwal and Aniket Talati. Both of them are sitting managing committee members. Their visibility in the members make them more popular. In my opinion these three are in comfortable position.
If you ask me who after these three seem to be in comfort zone then only one name comes to my mind and that is Hiren Shah. He seems to have a wider appeal and good fan following.
For rest four seats, I understand all the ten candidates have equal chances of winning and loosing. I consider all of them on equal footing and no one knows who does the wonders and what comes out of the ballot boxes.
The members will take their considered decision. They are very intelligent and know very well who has contributed what to the profession and how effective they could be for the branch.
And that is the reason everyone is trying to reach as many members as possible in this little time to ensure their chances. This is elections. No one can be complacent, and you never know what can change the whole game. What I see the chances of candidates is from my point of view, but this is all elections. No one can predict anything and you will see lots of surprises in the results. If you remember the results of the Central council, in south, north and central, the big names who had started canvassing for their VP elections, couldn't win even the central council election. So you know well.. Anything can happen with anyone..
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