Gujarat assembly elections 2017

BJP president Amit Shah

The Congress today released its first list of 77 candidates for phase one of the Gujarat Assembly poll with senior leaders from the state, Arjun Modhwadia and Shaktisinh Gohil, getting tickets for the crucial election.

Of the total 182 assembly segments in the state, 89 seats will go to poll in the first phase to be held on December 9.

"We have reached the agreement; more details on Monday", Mr. Patel said in Dhrol, where he was addressing a rally of the Patidar community.

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. Reports say that PAAS leaders will also fight the polls on Congress tickets. The PAAS nominees will contest on the Congress symbol. With a slew of regional and smaller parties and supporters being brought on board, the fact that all of them have an expectation of being nominated as candidates is a major challenge in the making and is the supposedly the main reason for the delay in responding to PAAS overtures.

Under fire from within the party cadres, PAAS leader Dinesh Bhambaniya has said that "If Congress does not come to us in 24 hours, then we will not give any support to the party during the elections and will oppose its candidates in Patidar strongholds".

The Congress leadership had held discussions on all the Assembly segments in the state at the party's central election committee meeting held two days ago. When he was quizzed about the formula, the Congress leader refused to divulge anything. A ticket has been given to Mr Hardik Patel's key aide and PAAS nominee Lalit Vasoya from Dhoraji, while the Congress denied a ticket to PAAS' Manoj Panara from Morbi, and instead made a decision to go with its own nominee.

The proposal given by the Congress has not touched 49 percent reservation for SC, ST and OBC which exists in the state.

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