The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Monday said it wanted to contest 30 seats in the Gujarat assembly election.
The Sangh Parivar outfit has urged the Bharatiya Janata Party to allot 30 seats before it finalises the list for all 182 seats, VHP sources said in Vadodara.
However, the BJP has denied receiving any such request.
The state BJP parliamentary board, in the presence of party spokesman Arun Jaitley and in-charge for Gujarat Ramdas Agrawal, have been giving final touches to the list of candidates before sending it to the high command in New Delhi for final approval.
The VHP sources claimed that the outfit has helped in strengthening the agenda of Hindutva in the state in the wake of Godhra train carnage in February.
The VHP would like to enter the fray in assembly constituencies of central and north Gujarat, where polarisation of votes has taken place, and the outfit has about 9,000 branches in the state with a total membership of 375,000, they said.
VHP leaders like Niraj Jain, Haresh Bhatt, Shambh Uprasad Shukla, Punambhai Parmar are interested in contesting the polls, the sources said.
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