Protests, resignations in Cong over nominations

Resignations, protests and demonstrations shattered the apparent bonhomie in the Gujarat Congress after the party put out a list of 52 candidates Wednesday night.

The All India Congress Committee was forced to "withdraw" an unofficial second list of 46 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly elections, almost two hours after its reported "leak" around Wednesday midnight, to contain the damage it might have caused within factions in the party and the seat-sharing talks that are on with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Crowds gathered outside the Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan in Ahmedabad to protest the candidatures of Shailesh Parmar from Dani Limda, which is reserved for Scheduled Castes , and against the nomination of Baldevji Thakore for Kalol. State Congress spokesperson Jayantilal Parmar, vice-president Girish Parmar, general secretary Gunvant Makwana and Ahmedabad city unit vice-president Khemchand Solanki resigned from their party posts over the Dani Limda nomination on Thursday.

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