Congress yet to release list for Gujarat

Erika Holt
November 18, 2017

"Discussion on nearly all the 182 seats is over". "We may have to leave some seats for them". The JD (U) is now divided into two factions and Vasava had met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Gehlot.

The Congress will release the list of candidates for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 soon.

Of the total 89 constituencies that will go to polls in the first phase, the BJP leadership has so far released 31 names. In the next one-two days, a decision will be taken and the list of candidates will be announced.

Main rival Congress, which is still finalising candidates, has adopted a BJP-like approach in the Gujarat elections, screening candidates through multiple surveys for winnability. If no other party leader files nomination till the last date of doing so, Rahul Gandhi will be elected as Congress president unopposed.

Last Friday, the Congress' Central Election Committee (CEC) had cleared the names of 70 candidates for the first phase of Gujarat polls in the meeting that was presided over by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, sources said.

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The sources said the party is in talks with the JD-U faction led by Sharad Yadav and the Nationalist Congress Party.

Mevani, who has repeatedly asserted that he will continue to oppose the BJP but not share the stage with the Congress, too is said to be seeking his pound of flesh.

Earlier in the month, the Congress had given three options to the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Sndolan Samiti (PASS) on how reservation will be provided to the Patidar community in educational institutions and government jobs. It has also inducted backward caste (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakore recently and is said to be consulting him over candidate selection.

At the same time, it is being speculated that in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, the Congress and RJD can share the same political platform. Another possibility is that the PAAS nominees may win many seats leaving the Congress too dependent on them.

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