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Gujarat election: Posters projecting Ahmed Patel as Congress’ CM candidate appear

Ahmed Patel said he was contender for the chief minister’s post in Gujarat.

GujaratElection2017 Updated: Dec 07, 2017 20:58 IST
IANS, Ahmedabad
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi with senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Ashok Gehlot during a public meeting in Bharuch.(PTI File Photo)

With only two days left before Gujarat votes in the first of two-phase elections, posters have been put up asking the Muslim community to vote for the Congress, projecting Ahmed Patel as the party’s chief ministerial face. The Congress said it is a mischievous bid to polarise voters.

“To maintain unity within the Muslim community and to make Ahmed Patel the ‘wazir-e-alam’ (grand minister) of Gujarat, we request the Muslim community to vote only for the Congress,” the poster says in Gujarati, featuring with Rahul Gandhi and Patel.

Patel rebutted the claim and said he was not a contender for the chief minister’s post and would never be.

“The moot issue is that the BJP 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 and propaganda. But people of Gujarat have made up their mind this time,” Patel tweeted.

“Putting up fake posters and orchestrating a rumour campaign shows the utter desperation of the BJP. Fearing defeat, do they have to rely on such dirty tricks? I have never ever been a candidate for the CM and will never, ever be.”

He said the “misinformation campaign by the BJP” showed that they know they were going to lose Gujarat elections.

First Published: Dec 07, 2017 16:00 IST