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Gujarat elections: Congress plays waiting game, PAAS in dilemma

Gujarat elections: Congress plays waiting game, PAAS in dilemma

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.

Neither Congress leaders nor PAAS members have divulged the details of the quota formula the Congress offered to the Patidars, who are part of the upper castes in Gujarat and thus not entitled to reservation.

In the first list there are 23 candidates from the Patidar community, including both Congress as well as PAAS nominees. PAAS convenor Hardik Patel had categorically said that they would extend their support to the Congress in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections only if their demands were met.

The Congress on Sunday hinted that its impasse with Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) had been resolved, ANI reported.

After the waiting, and after speaking to PAAS leader Hardik Patel, Bamania gave an ultimatum to the Congress to declare its stand on the reservation status within 24 hours or else face the PAAS' opposition. While the Congress has released a list of 77 names, it is expected to come out with another list on Monday.




The result of the election will be announced on December 18 along with that of Himachal Pradesh.

The last date of filing nominations for the first phase of polls in Gujarat is November 21.

The BJP has already announced 106 candidates out of the total 182 seats in the two lists that have been released so far. Polling in the hilly state was held on November 9. While 89 constituencies will vote in the first round on December 9, the remaining 93 will vote on December 14.

Mr Patel had set the quota demand as a precondition for extending support to the Congress. When he was quizzed about the formula, the Congress leader refused to divulge anything.

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