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Gujarat elections: PAAS upset for getting only 2 tickets

The Congress had last night released its first list of 77 candidates, in which apart from two PAAS members, over 20 other Patel candidates were given tickets.

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Hardik Patel

The first list of candidates released by the for the Assembly elections has come as a disappointment for the (PAAS), as only two of its members have found a place in it.

Two members - Lalit Vasoya and Amit Thummar -found their names in the list released yesterday, even as the Hardik Patel-led organisation had demanded 20 seats.

Upset with the development, the leadership directed its two members (who were given tickets) not to fill their nomination forms, as a sign of protest.

However, one of them (Vasoya) filed his nomination today from Dhroaji seat on the Congress' ticket.

After he filled up the form, Patel quota agitation leader tweeted lines of a poem written by former prime minister

"Badhayein aati hain, ayengi, ghire pralay ki ghor ghataein, paon ke niche angare, sir par barse yadi jwala, nij hato main haste haste, aag lagakar jalna hoga, kadam milakar chalna hoga".

The lines loosely translate to, "obstacles keep on coming, sky might be overcrowded by doom, embers beneath your legs, rain of fire on your head, but we have to set our hand on fire, we have to walk with each other, matching every step.

Hardik also cancelled his rally which was to be held in Rajkot, where he was supposed to announce support for the party, after the row over ticket distribution.

The had last night released its first list of 77 candidates, in which apart from two members, over 20 other Patel candidates were given tickets.

Soon after the list was released, agitated members started protest in many parts of the state, as they claimed that they were not given proper representation in the released list.

In Surat, the members ransacked the city unit office and indulged in sloganeering against the party.

"Our community members have not been given proper representation in the list that has been declared. We will not allow any office to function in the state," Surat city convener Dharmik Malaviya told reporters last night.

In Ahmedabad, convener Dinesh Bhambania along with his supporters created ruckus at the house of state president Bharatsinh Solanki.

"The has given tickets to two of our members without taking us into confidence. Other Patel candidates who they have selected are bogus. We will hold a massive protest against the Congress," another convener, Alpesh Kathiria, said.

Police was called at many places by the party.

The security personnel were deployed in large numbers at the state headquarters in Paldi area also.

Yesterday, the members, led by Bhambania and Kathiria, had met state chief Bharatsinh Solanki and other leaders, and later said that they have reached a compromise formula.

They had said that Hardik would announce support to the in its Rajkot rally today.

First Published: Mon, November 20 2017. 17:48 IST