Live: Congress, Hardik Patel-Led PAAS Clash Over Ticket Distribution

 
Live: Congress, Hardik Patel-Led PAAS Clash Over Ticket Distribution

 

Trouble is already brewing for Congress ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat as the grand old party gears up to face the ruling BJP. In a late night development, members of the group called PAAS or Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) attacked Congress offices in Surat alleging the party included two leaders of the movement in the first list of 77 candidates. The inclusion of the members signaled a deal had been struck when none had, PAAS claimed. 

The attack came hours after Congress said on Sunday it had reached an agreement with the Patidar community led by Hardik Patel. The grand old party has included 19 members of the community in its first list for the elections slated for next month. Two of Hardik Patel's aides, Lalit Vasoya and Nilesh Patel, have also been included in the list that triggered the spat. 

Hardik Patel had said earlier he would support Congress only if the party committed itself to allotting reservation in education and government jobs to his community. While he did not attend the Congress meeting on Sunday, he is expected to make an official announcement about the PAAS stance on supporting the party today, PTI reported. 

Source: (ndtv.com)