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Ahmed Patel says Cong will win Gujarat, targets Modi, Shah

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Upbeat after his victory in the poll, senior leader Ahmed Patel today said it was the which made the contest a prestige issue and exuded confidence that his party would win assembly due later this year.

Patel, who won the Upper House seat from in an that went down to the wire, said the victory had enthused the and filled the cadre with new energy.


"I am sure we will also win The made it a prestige issue, it is their loss," Patel, who is usually reticent, told reporters at a protest rally at the organised by the Youth

The has been out of power in since 1995.

Targeting Prime Minister Modi and President Amit Shah, Patel accused the two of "misusing" central probe agencies.

"Even the is afraid of these two people. One is a constitutional authority and another is an extra- constitutional authority. You know who these two people are. All agencies are being misused," Patel alleged, without naming the leaders.

In the run-up to the election, the accused the governments in and at the centre of pressuring its MLAs by using the state machinery. It also herded its MLAs to a resort in Bengaluru.

The income tax department had raided a Karnataka minister, prompting the party to accuse the Centre of "terrorising" its MLAs.

Patel, a heavyweight and political secretary to President Sonia Gandhi, claimed the offered its MLAs Rs 15 crore to change sides, but everyone rejected it.

He said the youth should now give a call against the to "quit the seat of power" (gaddi chodo).

"They promised two crore jobs every year and 50 per cent more profit to farmers than what they spend on their yield. They promised to bring down inflation and corruption. But they failed on every front," Patel said.

leaders C P Joshi and Raj Babbar also addressed the gathering.

workers led by Youth President Amrinder Singh Raja marched towards Parliament, but were detained by the police.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 15:48 IST
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