Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017:Lobbying for CM Candidates Races-Up in Congress

March 19, 2017 Author: Abhi Velani

Preparations have begun for Gujarat Assembly Elections to be held later this year.

Ever since the party hinted at fighting the polls with a CM face, social media campaigns projecting various leaders have come ahead.
Lobbying has started for nomination as Congress’ chief ministerial candidate.

The front runners in the race are Leader of Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela and Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bharatsinh Solanki, according to party leaders.

Other probables are Shaktisinh Gohil, Arjun Modhwadia and Siddarth Patel for both former state unit chiefs.

According to sources of Congress, “There is a race between Vaghela and Solanki to get declared as the chief ministerial candidate and intense lobbying is on with the central leadership,”.

Congress believes that factors like the absence of Modi from the scheme of things in Gujarat, Patel quota agitation, Dalit unrest, anti-incumbency and want of a credible leader in the BJP could all work in their favor.

Many people in Congress suppose this time has a good chance to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.

Posters supporting Solanki have come up at places projecting him as a chief ministerial probable while supporters of Vaghela have launched a Facebook campaign page ‘Vaghela as CM’ to push his candidature.

Also, their trips to Delhi have become a frequent these days. Vaghela flew to Delhi earlier this week to meet Ahmed Patel, the political secretary of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

In an earlier interview to PTI, Solanki had indicated that the party could declare a chief ministerial face in Gujarat, on the lines of Punjab.