Gujarat Assembly elections: After Hardik deal, Cong first list of 77 out

20 November, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil's seat was changed, and he will now contest from Mandvi in Kutch.

According to Bamania, the agreement was reached during a meeting between community leaders and Congress leaders including its state president Bharatsinh Solanki.

In Ahmedabad, the PAAS leadership said the Congress Party had accepted their demand for quotas in jobs and education for the Patidar community and the details on how this would be achieved would be shared by Mr Patel from Rajkot on Monday. A day after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray stood by Patidar leader Hardik Patel in the sex CD leak case, the Shiv Sena slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for resorting to "low level" politics in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly elections.

If they do not make their stand clear on the quota within 24 hours, we will launch protests against it.

Ahead of next month's assembly elections in Gujarat, PAAS has given a list of about 30 assembly seats from where it wants to field its candidates, sources told NDTV, adding that the Congress is trying to convince the group to settle for lesser number of seats. The filing of nominations for the polls began on November 14. The results will be declared on December 18. Polling in Gujarat will be held in two phases.

The BJP has already announced 106 candidates out of the total 182 seats in the two lists that have been released so far. The first phase will cover 89 constituencies in 19 districts, and the second phase 93 seats in 14 districts.

While the PAAS, which is driving a hard bargain with the grand old party given its hold on the numerically strong community, has demanded almost 20 seats from the Congress quota, the Other Backward Classes (OBC) group, led by Alpesh Thakor, has demanded 12.

A senior leader who has been with the BJP since 1980 said, "The party has opted to repeat most sitting MLAs and even those who lost in 2012, despite the risk of antiincumbency".


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