Narhari Amin attacks C P Joshi, says feels betrayed by Cong
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Former deputy chief minister Narhari Amin, who joined the BJP last week, came down heavily on the Congress on Sunday, saying he served the party for 20 years and received "betrayal" in return. He attacked Union minister C P Joshi, who was chairman of the Congress's screening committee for allocation of tickets for the assembly elections, in particular.
"(Congress) Party ne gaddari ki hai humare saath, vishwashghat kiya hai (The party has betrayed us)," Amin said in response to a question as to whether he would go back to the Congress.
"A few leaders in the Gujarat Congress felt that the party was going to win the (assembly) elections and they started forming groups to emerge as candidate for chief ministership. In the process, the party allocated tickets to such people who have nothing to do with the Congress. Delhi leaders too had been instigating a few leaders here for last three months," he told reporters at the city BJP office.
On Joshi, he said, "Whichever name we suggested in the meeting of screening committee, Joshi would say 'he would lose'. So, I once said, borrowing from cricket jargon, if you feel the opposition is too strong, give a walkover to BJP," Amin, who was a member of the committee, said.
He alleged Joshi had determined four criteria for selection of candidates but did not stick to any of them while drawing final list of candidates. "Due to arbitrary distribution of tickets, there was a feeling of resentment among party workers and that was why I quit Congress," he said.
He added that as central leaders "sitting in AC offices" called the shots, Shankersinh Vaghela "was unhappy". "They did not take even seniors like Dinsha Patel, who had won the party seven seats in the last elections, in confidence."
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