Gujarat elections: Congress plays waiting game, PAAS in dilemma

Gujarat elections: Congress plays waiting game, PAAS in dilemma

Gujarat elections: Congress plays waiting game, PAAS in dilemma

Congress sources had earlier claimed that PAAS and Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani together were demanding 30 seats while the opposition party was willing to concede 20.

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) is now at a very critical phase in the backdrop of Gujarat Assembly elections, with the alleged "sex-CD" expose of its leader Hardik Patel surfacing, supporters defecting to BJP and non-decision regarding reservation for Patidar by the Congress party. If no other party leader files nomination till the last date of doing so, Rahul Gandhi will be elected as Congress president unopposed. The 70 names, which were released included 45 candidates, whose constituency will go to polls in the first phase on December 9 and the remaining on December 14, the second phase of polling.

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On the other hand, the Bhartiya Janata Party is also playing its cards carefully and if sources are to be believed, under the instructions of the government the approval to election rally by PAAS for Mansa, near Gandhinagar has been rejected by the local administration. The party has repeated 49 sitting legislators in the first list, dropping only one to accommodate a Patel or Patidar candidate. Vijaybhai Rupani as its candidate from Rajkot West.

The Congress has finalised its list of candidates for the Gujarat elections, but is waiting to hear from potential allies before making it public.

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The Congress has been out of power in the state for more than two decades.

The BJP has been beleaguered in the face of a Patel agitation led by 24-year-old Hardik Patel.

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The state, where assembly polls will be held next month, saw a high double-digit GDP growth during the tenure of Congress Chief Ministers Madhavsinh Solanki in the 1980s and Chimanbhai Patel in the 1990s, Scindia said. It has also inducted backward caste (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakore recently and is said to be consulting him over candidate selection.

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