NCP Gives Jolt to Congress in Gujarat
Ahmadabad: The Congress Party, which has been trying to send senior leader Ahmed Patel to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, was jolted by the statement from its ally Nationalist Congress Party on Sunday night. The senior leader of NCP, Praful Patel said that they haven’t come to a decision on whom to support in the state. With this statement, the Congress Party, which was nursing hopes on their support, was disappointed.
During 2012 Gujarat elections, the Congress, the NCP had an alliance and contested. The NCP has two MLAs in the state. Elections would be held for the three seats in Gujarat on August 8.
The BJP National President Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani, the Congress senior leader Ahmed Patel are in the race.
The Congress needs necessary support to ensure the victory of Ahmed Patel. The party had to protect its MLAs from the BJP, as the six of them have already crossed the floor. In this context, it has sent 43 of its MLAs to Bengaluru and brought them home in the early hours of Monday.
“Our party is not an ally of UPA at the Centre earlier. Presently such alliance is not continuing. We have a little presence in Gujarat. But, our party assumed importance in the context of Rajya Sabha elections. Everyone is looking at the two MLAs now,” Praful Patil said.
He clarified that a decision would be taken on whom to support after discussing with the party Chief Sharad Pawar.