Cong, PAAS deadlock: Hardik Patel to make important announcement

Cong, PAAS deadlock: Hardik Patel to make important announcement

Cong, PAAS deadlock: Hardik Patel to make important announcement

If they do not make their stand clear on the quota within 24 hours, we will launch protests against it.

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) is now at a very critical phase in the backdrop of Gujarat Assembly elections, with the alleged "sex-CD" expose of its leader Hardik Patel surfacing, supporters defecting to BJP and non-decision regarding reservation for Patidar by the Congress party.

The PAAS leaders flew to New Delhi on Friday to hold talks with Congress leaders regarding their demand of granting reservation status to the Patidar community.

Facing a stiff challenge from the Congress in Gujarat, the BJP is going for unprecedented micro-management in the Assembly polls to retain its bastion. 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 chose to go with its own nominee.

Hardik Patel, the convenor of the PAAS, will announce the agreement tomorrow in Rajkot, in Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's constituency, Bambhaniya said.

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PAAS convener Dinesh Bamania told reporters that the grand old part has agreed on providing Constitutional reservation to the community. While the Congress has released a list of 77 names, it is expected to come out with another list on Monday. Polling in Gujarat will be held in two phases. The party is yet to announce its first list of candidates. The counting of votes will take place on December 18.

Mr Patel had set the quota demand as a precondition for extending support to the Congress. "The BJP's organisational penetration in Gujarat could well be several notches higher than what the CPI (M) enjoyed in its hey days in West Bengal", a senior party leader said.

PAAS leaders Lalit Vasoya and Amit Thummar will contest from Dhoraji and Junagadh seats respectively.

The BJP had won 116 of the 182 in the 2012 Gujarat Assembly polls when Narendra Modi was the chief minister.

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