Congress may project a CM face in Gujarat for 2017 Assembly polls

The Congress has said that it can’t rule out the possibility of projecting a chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat.
Bharatsinh Solanki
India TV Politics Desk New Delhi December 30, 2016 16:12 IST

The Congress has said that it can’t rule out the possibility of projecting a chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat.

Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki today said that the party is fully prepared to take on the ruling BJP in the 2017 Assembly polls.

He dubbed Vijay Rupani as a "rubber stamp" Chief Minister and claimed that the change of guard earlier this year did not help the ruling party which has been grappling with Patel quota and Dalit stirs.

The Congress has not fought elections projecting a chief ministerial candidate in the last 20 years in Gujarat.

With the exit of Modi from Gujarat political scene leaving a leadership vacuum in BJP, Congress is hoping to make a mark in the 2017 elections.

"Though it (the leadership question) will be decided by the high command, after Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, we cannot rule it out. Let's wait and see," Solanki said in an interview.

Congress has named former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit as its chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh.

In a direct attack on Chief Minister Rupani, who replaced Anandiben Patel, Solanki said he is a "rubber stamp of BJP president Amit Shah."

"By changing Chief Minister, the BJP has lost on both fronts. Replacing a Patel and a woman Chief Minister by Rupani has not impacted the administration in a positive way. Things have gone from bad to worse," he said when asked if the change of guard will prove disadvantageous to Congress.

The Congress, after remaining in Opposition for last 20 years, is hoping for a revival as the BJP is facing tough challenges in the form of Patel quota agitation and Dalit protests after the Una flogging incident.

"Gujarat's political scenario has changed due to two agitations - Patel quota movement and Dalit agitation. Come what may, both the communities have decided to defeat BJP in the 2017 elections," Solanki claimed.

(With PTI inputs)

 
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