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But going by his influence over Patel voters, the party had earlier decided to field Amin either from Gandhinagar South or North. But the local leaders from the two constituencies revolted. The party had to suffer a major setback with Gandhinagar mayor and majority of the corporators defecting to BJP over the decision to field Amin.
Sources said that state party leaders as also national party leaders had detailed talks with Amin over the issue and convinced him not to get disturbed and work for the party. He had been assured important role in the event of party coming to power in the state, they added.
Finally, party fields candidate in Akota
Vadodara: The city Congress on Friday rejoiced after the party gave mandate to one of the candidates to contest election from the controversial Akota constituency, which the party had earlier decided to give to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) under a seat-sharing agreement between the two parties.
Congress leaders said the agreement between the two parties for Akota had broken down and both the parties will contest elections. Congress candidate Lalit Patel filed his candidature today, and will have to contest against BJP heavyweight Saurabh Patel and Nilesh Patel of NCP, among others.
The NCP had announced the name of its candidate from Akota much before it had arrived at a seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress. The decision was met with resistance from the local Congress party workers who said they were better prepared to take on BJP candidate at Akota.