Gujarat polls: Congress, PAAS reach agreement, Hardik Patel to make announcement tomorrow

With this repeat-heavy first list, murmurs have begun in the party about the sitting minister and MLAs on the remaining 110 seats may also be repeated.

According to Bamania, the agreement was reached during a meeting between community leaders and Congress leaders including its state president Bharatsinh Solanki. He added that Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel will on Monday make an announcement about the formula during at a rally in Rajkot.

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.

He said, "Congress leaders don't take our calls, better the party clear its stand in next 24 hours and explain why they made fun of us by inviting for talks". The filing of nominations for the polls began on November 14. Polling in Gujarat will be held in two phases.

The first phase of the polls in Gujarat will cover 89 constituencies in 19 districts while the second phase will cover 93 constituencies spread across 14 districts.

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The result of the election will be announced on December 18 along with that of Himachal Pradesh. The party is yet to announce its first list of candidates.

Mr Patel had set the quota demand as a precondition for extending support to the Congress. "In the coming days, we will try to implement what we discussed", he said. Several rounds of meetings had been held with the PAAS leadership, including one with senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal, who had explored the legal aspects of a quota for the community.

The BJP had won 116 of the 182 in the 2012 Gujarat Assembly polls when Narendra Modi was the chief minister.

He said that some people had started a campaign against him that he was not happy with the party high command and had left the Central Election Committee meeting halfway in New Delhi to return to Gujarat.

  • Adam Floyd