Gujarat polls: Patidars upset; NCP says will contest all 182 seats

Lester Mason
November 21, 2017

NCP leader Praful Patel said that his party was seeking anything more than the nine seats the Congress had allotted to it in the 2012 elections.

The party's 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.

The Congress state in-charge, Ashok Gehlot, said that "The seat-sharing alliance would have been possible only if the NCP had made limited demands". By the evening it was clear that there were differences in PAAS ranks as one of its leaders Lalit Vasoya filed his nomination papers despite PAAS convener Dinesh Bambaniya saying that none from the organisation would do so. The talks between the Sharad Pawar-led party and the Congress party failed. In Ahmedabad, Mr Bambhaniya along with his supporters created ruckus at the house of state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki.

"We expected NCP to behave like our natural ally, but they ditched us", said the senior Congress leader, requesting anonymity.

It was the trust deficit that led to the Congress cold-shouldering NCP demands during the seat-sharing talks for the Gujarat assembly elections.According to a senior Congress leader, the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party can not be treated as trustworthy and committed to the alliance. "This is an insult to us", he said.

The NCP has two MLAs in the outgoing Assembly.

The Congress alleged that the alliance had broken down because of the NCP's demand for more seats than it should have in the prevalent situation in the State. "I think it would be better for us to fight all the seats on our own than in alliance with the Congress", he said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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