Amin shows his strength, rebels to skip Cong campaign
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Led by former deputy chief minister Narhari Amin, dissident leaders of the Congress on Sunday resolved not to support the party in the Assembly election, which is just a couple of weeks away.
In a show of strength, around 5,000 Congress workers and leaders from different parts of the state met at a farmhouse on the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway in Ahmedabad in the afternoon.
A special table was set up at the farmhouse to collect resignation letters of the party workers and leaders. They slammed senior state Congress leaders who were part of the decision-making process for the allocation of tickets for the election, saying they sold the tickets.
Amin said the party allocated tickets by ignoring the workers toiling at the grassroots level and that the situation has now become such that there was no possibility of the Congress winning the polls. "A handful of people are working to sink the party and I cannot and will not work with or for such people," he said.
Former Congress legislative party leader Naresh Raval alleged that senior state leaders like Shaktisinh Gohil, Arjun Modhwadia and Shankersinh Vaghela did not distribute party tickets on merits but sold them off.
While Amin is yet to formally resign from the party, his close confidant Hitesh Patel said the leaders would meet again on Monday and decide their future course of action.
Some prominent leaders present at the meeting were Naresh Raval, Pankaj Shah, Sabir Kabliwala, Badruddin Shaikh, Surendra Baxi, Himmatsinh Patel, Rekha Chaudhary, Jayantilal Parmar, Narpatsinh Chavda and Virji Thummar.