Congress first list out; party reaches deal with PAAS


A day after issuing an ultimatum to the Congress party to decide its position on the issue of quotas, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), led by Hardik Patel, announced on Sunday that Congress had accepted his demand for “quota in jobs and education for the Patidar Community “. The PAAS said that Mr. Patel would make a formal announcement on Monday.

The announcement came after a long meeting with the leaders of the Congress in Gujarat to resolve the differences, and also possibly decide on the seats for which the leaders of PAAS will compete in the polls of the Assembly on the ticket of the Congress.

“We have reached agreement, more details on Monday,” said Mr. Patel in Dhrol, where he was heading to a rally in the Patidar community.

In Ahmedabad, PAAS coordinator Dinesh Bambhania, a close associate of Mr. Patel, told the mediators that all their demands for a fee and related issues would be met. “Hardik himself will share the details tomorrow, when he will also address a demonstration in the constituency of Prime Minister Vijay Rupani in Rajkot,” added Mr. Bambhania.

The president of the Gujarat Congress, Bharat Solanki, told reporters: “Our meeting with the leaders of PAAS was positive and they have agreed with their demands.”

Neither the leaders of the Congress nor the members of PAAS have divulged the details of the quota formula that the Congress offered to the Patidars, who are part of the higher castes in Gujarat and therefore do not have the right to reserve.

Meanwhile, it was learned from the Congress and members of PAAS that it is probable that some members of samiti obtain the ticket of the Congress to participate in the polls of the Assembly in the seats dominated by Patidar, mainly in Saurashtra.

On Saturday, PAAS issued an ultimatum to Congress to clarify its position on the demand for quotas and other issues after its meeting in Delhi could not materialize as the leaders of Congress were busy with the party’s high command to discuss the names of the possible candidates.

The differences with PAAS and other allies is the main reason for the delay in the announcement of the candidates for Congress as the party approaches the deadline for the submission of the nomination documents for the first phase of the elections on May 21. of November.

“Our list will be declared Monday night,” said Congress spokesman Manish Doshi.

While the PAAS, which is negotiating a tough negotiation with the big old party given its control over the numerically strong community, has demanded almost 20 seats from the Congress fee, the group Other Backward Classes (OBC), led by Alpesh Thakor, has demanded 12. Mr. Thakor joined the Congress recently.

A leader of the Congress, who is aware of the negotiations, said that the issue of the allocation of seats would be resolved soon.

Previously, the Congress Party had allied with legal leader Kapil Sibal to prepare a formula according to which a superior caste such as Patidar can extend the benefits of quotas without touching the existing quotas granted to the Scheduled Tribes (ST), Scheduled Castes (SC). ) and OBC under the Constitution.