Live Updates and blog | Gujarat election 2017: In a series of significant developments that may impact the final outcome of the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections 2017, the Congress party is facing threats from the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) over the allocation of tickets. Several reports today said that a section of PAAS leaders are not happy with the Congress offers both in terms of the number of tickets as well as the issue of reservation for the Patidar community. PAAS leader Dinesh Patel said that the Patidar group will oppose Congress if their concerns were not addressed. On Sunday, some PAAS workers reportedly clashed with the Congress workers over ticket distribution. As reports of the clash circulated, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani took potshots at the Congress-PAAS deal, saying Hardik Patel’s group was “totally exposed”.
Meanwhile, reports say that Congress ally NCP has decided to fight solo in the Gujarat poll. The NCP decision may cut into some important votes of the Congress in the upcoming polls.
As the Congress-PASS conflict is likely to snowball over the day, here we present all the live updates from the high octane political battlefield of Gujarat.
Live Updates and Blog | Gujarat election 2017
1:00 pm: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani files nomination for Gujarat Assembly Elections in presence of Union Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajkot
11.45 am: PAAS members on Sunday expressed anger after the list was released and started protesting in many parts of the
state, claiming they were not given proper representation. Two PAAS members were given tickets in the released list,
while the Hardik Patel-led organisation had demanded 20 seats. Around 20 other Patel candidates, who are not members of the PAAS, also find mention in the list. The two who have been given tickets are Lalit Vasoya from Dhoraji and Amit Thummar from Junagadh seat.
11.24 am: Meanwhile in Delhi, Congress sets in motion the process to elevate Rahul Gandhi as party president. Sources say Rahul will become Congress president before Gujarat polls.
11.15 am: Gujarat CM Vijar Rupani files nomination. “With wishes of karyakartas and blessings of elders, will file nomination papers for the forthcoming Gujarat Assembly Election tomorrow from RAJKOT ( West ) – the constituency from where the people have made me what i am today. Leaving to file my nomination papers from Rajkot (West). Overwhelmed with the good wishes from all. Gujarat is proud to carry on the legacy of good governance started by PM Shri @narendramodi. I am confident that people of Gujarat will shower their love once again.The Prime Minister of India Shri @narendramodi Ji called up to convey best wishes as I file my nomination papers. Thank you very much Sir. You have always been a source of inspiration and strength. Your words mean a lot to me. Thanks again for your best wishes,” Rupani said in a series of Tweets.
The Prime Minister of India Shri @narendramodi Ji called up to convey best wishes as I file my nomination papers. Thank you very much Sir. You have always been a source of inspiration and strength. Your words mean a lot to me. Thanks again for your best wishes.
— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) November 20, 2017
11.00 am: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to contest the Gujarat Assembly elections on its own, expressing confidence it would bag the maximum number of seats in the “solo fight”. NCP decision came a day after the Congress declared its first list of 77 candidates for the first phase of the elections slated for December 9. “We wanted to contest in Gujarat in alliance with the Congress and had talks with them too initially, but the Congress did not seem serious and kept on delaying. We are already prepared to contest from all seats for the last one-and-half years. Now, we have decided to fight alone,” NCP leader Praful Patel was quoted as saying by IANS.
10.45 am: Ashok Gehlot condemns violence. “I condemn this violence, Hardik Patel and his workers should show patience, issues can be sorted out by talking. Also, Gujarat CM should worry about the fights over ticket distribution in his party and not comment on us,” Gehlot tells ANI