Guj Congress rebels to stay away from campaigning

Senior Congress leaders in Gujarat who have rebelled against the party after being denied tickets today declared, they would not campaign for the party in the assembly elections.

Former deputy chief minister Narhari Amin, former city mayor Himmatsinh Patel, senior Congress leader and former MLA Naresh Raval and a host of other Congress leaders today joined hands by organising an anti-party gathering here today.

Amin lambasted state Congress leaders and the high command for denying tickets to 'worthy' candidates at a huge gathering of Congress workers here.

"Senior leaders who have been denied tickets will not campaign for the party in the assembly polls. I request you all to stay away from party work. Worthy candidates have been overlooked and those whom people don't even know, have been fielded," Amin said.

Stating that the results of the assembly elections are a foregone conclusion with no possibility of Congress coming to power, Amin said, "A decision regarding the future course of action will be taken in the next few days".

Amin, an influential Patel community leader and former president of Gujarat Cricket Association, was denied ticket on the grounds that he had lost two elections in a row.

Former mayor Himmatsinh Patel also could not secure ticket for his son and thus was aggrieved.

Amin said," They have insulted us. Candidates, who have not worked for the party and do not meet the people, have been given tickets. Many office-bearers have resigned and Gujarat Congress will have to face the consequences".

To a query whether Union Parliamentary Affairs minister Rajiv Shukla, who met him yesterday, had offered him a post in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Amin retorted "Rajiv Shukla doesn't run BCCI. I have neither been offered any post nor have I made any compromise."

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