NCP won't fight Gujarat elections with Congress: Praful Patel

NCP leader Praful Patel said his party is confident of doing better fighting alone during the Gujarat polls. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 20, 2017, 06.18 AM (IST)

Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) has decided to fight the Gujarat Assembly elections without the Congress.

NCP leader Praful Patel said: "Congress did not seem serious and kept on delaying, so we will fight alone," adding,"We wanted to contest in Gujarat in alliance with Congress and had talks with them too." 

"We are confident of doing even better alone," he added.

The Congress has been trying to stitch a coalition against the ruling BJP in the Gujarat elections due to be held next month. 

On Sunday, Congress and the Hardik Patel's Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti(PAAS) had reached a seat-sharing agreement after protracted talks, however, last night clashes erupted between PAAS workers and Gujarat Congress party cadres in Ahmedabad and Surat over ticket distribution.

The clashes came even as the Congress released its first list of 77 candidates for the Gujarat polls. The list included three Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) contestants.

The BJP has been in power in Gujarat since 1998, India's prime minister Narendra Modi became chief minister of the state for the first time in 2002. This will be the first time the BJP will be fighting the elections without Modi at the helm in his home state.  

Despite several attempts, the Congress has been unable to dislodge the ruling party.

Last week, taking a jibe at the ''Gujarat model', senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram in a series of tweets slammed PM Modi over 'extravagant promises' made by him in Gujarat, asserting that "in reality, had worsened since BJP came to power." 

Chidambaram compared Gujarat's development figures with Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra, and said it continues to "lag behind even after all the 'boasting'."