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Hardik Patel sulks over seat sharing ahead of Gujarat poll

The Congress had earlier assured adequate political representation to the Patidars, however, it changed its mind after the alleged sex CD surfaced. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 19, 2017, 05.25 AM (IST)

Days before polling-day in the Gujarat assembly elections, differences have cropped up between Congress and Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) over seat sharing as Congress is not ready to yield to the demands of Hardik Patel to part with nine seats.

The Congress is ready to give only 4 tickets to the Patel led outfit. 

According to media reports, the representatives from the two parties met on Friday to discuss ticket sharing and quota issue. 

By late Friday, PAAS leaders gave a 24-hour ultimatum to Congress for a final decision. 

PAAS is demanding tickets in Patidar dominated areas in Ahmedabad, north Gujarat and Saurashtra. 

The Congress had earlier assured adequate political representation to the Patidars. However, it changed its mind after the alleged sex CD surfaced.

The Congress united with the Patidars to garner support from the state's Patidar community.

It had earlier invited Hardik Patel to contest elections in state's assembly elections. To which Hardik replied that it was not a BJP-Congress election. However, he added, " we must unite against BJP".

The Patidar leader joined Congress on a condition that the party would adhere to their demands of allowing reservation in education and government jobs to his community. 

 

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