Shukla visits sulking Amin, leader to take a call today

Rajiv Shukla

The anger of senior Congress leader Narhari Amin caused by the denial of the nomination for the assembly elections is not dying down despite several state and central leaders having visited him in the last two days.

He has emerged as a meeting centre for disgruntled leaders and other sidelined by the party.

After senior leaders, including state party chief Arjun Modhwadia and Congress Legislature Party leader Shaktisinh Gohil, met him on Friday, he was visited on Saturday by the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla as also former Gujarat in-charge and AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad to placate him.

Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel is also reported to have talked to him over phone.

Amin claimed that Shukla candidly admitted that his candidature should not have been dropped.

Amin's claim for nomination, according to state party leaders, was rejected on the grounds of new criteria laid down by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi who had made it very clear that no one having lost the polls twice in a row or by a margin of more than 15,000 in the last poll would be fielded.

Amin told The Sunday Express said that he was assured that the new criteria would not apply to him. "Till the last day of filing nomination, I was assured that I would be given ticket. But it did not happen. I was kept totally in dark. This hurts me the most," he said.

Amin has planned to hold a meeting of his supporters on Sunday to decide about his future course of action. "I will consult my supporters before taking any step," he said.

Regarding rumours that he is contemplating to join the BJP or float his own party, Amin said, "At the moment, I am in the Congress."

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