Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: PAAS Gives 24-hour Ultimatum to Congress, Asks it to Clear Stand on Reservation News Desk
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The crucial Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 will be held in two-phases. The voting for the first phase is scheduled for December 9 and for the second phase, the voting be held on December 14.

Ahmedabad, Nov 18: The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) has given a 24-hour ultimatum to the Congress to clear its stand on reservation else, they would oppose the party in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017. Voting for Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 will be held in two phases, on December 9 and 14.

Notably, opposition Congress in Gujarat and PAAS have been in talks for joining hands for the forthcoming Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 for quite a long time now.

Speaking to The Week, PAAS convener Dinesh Bamania said that if the Congress did not clear its stand in 24 hours, they would not support the party in the Gujarat elections. Noteworthy, the PAAS is already against the BJP in Gujarat and asking the voters to vote the party out of power.

Adding further, he informed that PAAS conveners went to New Delhi in May to meet Congress leaders after which they were informed by the Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki that they would meet again after the Congress’ Central Election Committee’s meeting. However, the second meeting never happened. Bamania says that Solanki has stopped taking up phone calls by PAAS leaders. (ALSO READ – Can Support ‘Chor’ Congress to Defeat ‘Mahachor’ BJP in Gujarat, Says Hardik Patel)

Asking Gujarat Congress leaders to come to the state and clear its strength, Bamania said that decision on whether PAAS will contest Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 as independent candidates, will be taken after 24 hours ultimatum ends.

The ultimatum was given to the Congress after Bamania spoke to PAAS leader Hardik Patel, who has been caught in controversy over an alleged ‘sex CD’ row.

Noteworthy, Patel has alleged that the ‘sex CD’ row is a handy work of the BJP. On the other hand, the ruling party in Gujarat has maintained that some PAAS members are behind it as they are agitated over some problem in distribution of money given to them by the Congress.

Meanwhile, the Congress has come out in support of Patel in the CD row and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is also backing the PAAS leader who will be attending a rally in Mansa on Saturday. He is also expected to reveal more on the alleged CD row after the meeting.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel said that the Congress and the PAAS are trying to use each other to meet their vested interests. “It seems Congress is not interested in issues faced by Patidars,” he said.

Earlier in May, the Gujarat Congress had announced in Ahmedabad that it will support the Patidar agitation of firebrand leader Hardik Patel even as the latter is learnt to have decided to campaign for the opposition party in the 2017-end assembly elections. PAAS leaders has four demands and wants the Congress to fulfil them once they come to power. Besides quota, their four demands include legal action against police officials who allegedly committed atrocities on Patels after a rally in Ahmedabad in August 2015. They also want to compensation to the next of kin of 14 youths who died in the agitation as well as setting up of an autonomous commission for the Patidars.