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Posters seeking support for Ahmed Patel as CM stir controversy

Press Trust of India  |  Surat 

Posters appealing Muslims to vote for to make Ahmed Patel the chief minister came up in some minority-dominated areas here on the last day of campaigning for first phase of polls, but Patel called it a "dirty trick" by the and said he was not in the race. Patel, who is President Sonia Gandhi' political advisor, stressed that he was never a candidate for the chief minister's post and "never will be". The posters that came up in old city area and Surat-East constituency of the diamond and trading hub which goes to polls on Saturday carried photos of vice president and Ahmed Patel. "Muslims are requested to vote for party to maintain unity of the community and make Ahmed Patel wazir-e-aalam (chief minister) of Gujarat," read the posters. Trashing the posters, Patel alleged that such acts show the "utter desperation" of the as it fears defeat. "Putting up fake posters and orchestrating a rumour campaign shows the utter desperation of the "Fearing defeat, do they have to rely on such dirty tricks? I have never ever been a candidate for CM and will never, ever be," he tweeted. He said the is trying to divert the narrative from its performance to a divisive agenda. "The moot issue is that is trying very very hard to divert the narrative from its performance of last 22 years to a divisive agenda. "Hence their reliance on lies & propaganda.

But people of have made up their mind this time," Patel said in another tweet. leader RPN Singh today said Patel will not hold any post in if the party comes to power. "We have seen fake banners that have come up at many places in (in the name of Congress, claiming Ahmed Patel will become the chief minister). There has to be a certain level of politics in a democracy, and and party do not go below that level," Singh said. "But doing something like putting up posters of opposition parties and deciding that Ahmed Patel will be our chief minster is not right," he told reporters in Ahmedabad. When forms government, Ahmed Patel will hold no post in the state government, he said. "Ahmed Patel has himself said this, but I would like to make it clear that such politics of putting up fake posters is not going to work in as people here are intelligent and understand everything," he said.

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 16:50 IST