Congress says it will release list of candidates for Gujarat Assembly election in one or two days

New Delhi: Top Congress leaders on Friday discussed possible candidates for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections which the party said would be declared in a day or two.

The party sources said the Congress leaders, at a meeting of its Central Election Committee chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, discussed candidates for all the 182 Assembly seats but refrained from announcing any names.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Congress general secretary in-charge for Gujarat Ashok Gehlot later told reporters that though all the candidates have been discussed, the party was yet to discuss the seat-sharing arrangements with its possible allies with whom it was yet to finalise its discussions.

He said the list would be declared in a day or two. The sources said the party is in talks with the JD-U faction led by Sharad Yadav and the Nationalist Congress Party. The  Congress is also seeking to make some arrangements with Patidar leader Hardik Patel, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, and Alpesh Thakor, with whom it is seeking to share some seats.

The Congress is seeking to wrest power from the BJP in Gujarat after being in the political wilderness for over two decades now.

The sources said the Congress CEC has already discussed some candidates for the first phase of the elections for 89 seats in its meeting last week, but has not declared any candidate so far. The process of nomination for the first phase of election for 89 seats in Gujarat has already started with the issue of notification on 14 November.

The last date for filing of nominations is on 21 November.

The election process for the second phase of polling on 14 December starts on 20 November with the issue of notification. The votes will be counted on 18 December, along with those of Himachal Pradesh, where elections were held on 9 November.

The BJP has already declared its first list of candidates on Friday.

Updated Date: Nov 24, 2017 15:52 PM

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