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Cong likely to announce new CLP leader in Gujarat this week

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The in today said the central leadership is likely to announce the name of the new Legislature Party (CLP) in the state in the next two days.

indicated the name of the new CLP could be announced on January 5 or 6 by the party high command after going through the report prepared by central observers and

The observers held meetings on the issue with newly elected yesterday and today.

"Both the observers would first submit their report to the party high command in Based on that report, the party will announce the name of the new CLP at the earliest, may be tomorrow or the day after," Solanki said.

He was talking to reporters after the observers ended a marathon round of one-to-one meetings with party today.

While some of the conveyed their choice for the CLP leader to the observers yesterday, the remaining legislators did so today during the meetings.

The CLP would by default become the Leader of Opposition in the assembly. The Congress, which won 77 seats in the 182-member House in the last month's elections, is the larges opposition party in the state.

from Amreli Paresh Dhanani is being considered as the for the post, senior MLAs such as and have jumped into the fray citing 'seniority' and 'support' of MLAs.

Meanwhile, Patidar quota agitation spearhead Hardik Patel today came out in support of Dhanani.

"The Leader of Opposition should be the one who is popular among the masses. Paresh Dhanani fits in to that criteria," told reporters in today.

Responding to Hardik Patel's statement, Gehlot asserted the final decision will be taken on the basis of opinions shared by the MLAs and not because of any pressure.

"No one should be under impression that the Congress will take a decision (on the CLP leader) because of some pressure. We will take into consideration only the views expressed by our MLAs," the former Rajasthan Minister told reporters.

The 24-year-old Patel had supported the Congress in the December polls.

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First Published: Thu, January 04 2018. 21:05 IST