Hardik Patel Is MIA As Congress Plays Hardball In Gujarat

With these allegations how will Hardik Patel fare in the elections

With these allegations how will Hardik Patel fare in the elections

The revision of the list is being dubbed as Congress "bowing down" by PAAS's Surat co-convener Dharmik Malaviya who was happy at the decision and claimed they retain support for Congress, as per an article in the Indian Express. The party also chose to rope in Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel to lead its campaign in the state.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel on Monday said it will contest between 100 and 150 seats in the Gujarat assembly elections, after talks for an alliance between the Sharad Pawar-led party and the Congress failed.

The first list of candidates released by the Grand Old Party for the Gujarat elections came as a disappointment for PAAS, as only two of its members found a place in it.

NCP leader Praful Patel said that his party was seeking anything more than the nine seats the Congress had allotted to it in the 2012 elections.

In its revised offer yesterday, the Congress dropped all core PAAS members except Mr Vasoya, replacing two with Congress candidates. Both said they were working under Hardik Patel's instructions.

There is buzz that faced with a split within, Hardik Patel is contemplating rejigging his core PAAS team, now in disarray, before he makes any public announcement. Both are from the Patel, or Patidar, community.

However, it was unclear whether the deadlock was over the reservation issue or over PAAS' demand for seats. The party has accused Hardik Patel of using the agitation that gave him national fame to further his own political ambitions.

Meanwhile, the BJP, which had announced 181 candidates for the 182 assembly seats, announced that Piyushbhai Desai will be the nominee for the Navsari seat in tribal dominated southern Gujarat. In recent years it has complained about being deprived of job and education opportunities and has demanded reservations. Congress has placated the Patidars with three of its candidates being given nominations. Mr Patel has threatened the party with several ultimatums but has acted on none yet.

Tuesday is the last day for filing of nominations in 89 constituencies falling in Saurashtra, Kutch and south Gujarat, two regions going to the polls in the first phase on December 9. Results will be announced on December 18.

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