In a massive setback for the Congress party ahead of Gujarat polls, the Nationalist Congress Party on Monday snapped their alliance with the party stating that they will go alone in the poll-bound state. The decision comes merely a day after Congress fielded a candidate from Kutiyana, which is considered an NCP bastion
The announcement was made by NCP leader Praful Patel who added,
“We wanted to contest in Gujarat in alliance with Congress and had talks with them too initially, but Congress did not seem serious and kept on delaying, so we will fight alone. Confident that we will do even better alone.”
Earlier on November 18, the NCP said it will contest the Assembly elections in Gujarat next month in an alliance with the Congress to oust the 22-year-old BJP regime in the state. NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar said the result of the Assembly polls will show people's feelings and perception about the central government's performance.
"The NCP has extended its full support to the Congress and will fight the Assembly polls (in Gujarat) in alliance with the Congress," Anwar said in a press conference.
The polling for the two-phase elections in Gujarat will take place on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out between Congress and PAAS workers over Congress’ list of candidates for Gujarat polls in the late hours of Sunday. Congress' list of candidates only three PAAS candidates. Following the outbreak, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that PAAS leaders, who were working as agents of Congress, have been exposed.