Gaekwad’s candidature: revolt in Vadodara Congress fizzles out

The revolt in Vadodara Congress over selection of candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections seems to be over as Dalsukh Prajapati who had threatened to resign...

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published:March 14, 2009 3:45 am

The revolt in Vadodara Congress over selection of candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections seems to be over as Dalsukh Prajapati who had threatened to resign from the Congress with his supporters on the issue did not turn up at the party office on Friday.

Prajapati had opposed the candidature of Satyajit Gaekwad and had suggested the name of one Ghanshyam Patel for the seat.

Gaekwad’s name was nominated for the Vadodara seat along with other nominations by the party high command on March 9. Prajapati wanted candidature of Patel,which was not considered by the party. To oppose Gaekwad’s nomination,Prajapati along with Patel and their supporters had threatened to quit the party if their demands were not fulfilled.

“The problem regarding the selection of the candidate has been sorted out. Gaekwad remains our candidate from Vadodara. The candidates who don’t get nominated by the party register their protests,” said Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee President,Siddharth Patel.

Congress Vadodara City President Suresh Patel confirmed that none of the supporters of Prajapati came to the office with resignations. “Though I have received several representations against Gaekwad,no one has so far resigned from the party.”

Sources say that a faction of Congress wanted “Patel” as a candidate because Vadodara constitutes a very large number of Patel voters. Hence selection of a Patel candidate could have been a better choice,said sources.

Asked about the status of the revolt,Prajapati today distanced himself from the issue. “I will do what the high command says. The Vadodara District Congress Committee meeting is scheduled tomorrow and we will discuss the issue in the meeting.”

Patel,however,said they will continue to oppose Gaekwad’s candidature. “We have postponed the stir for two days. We have given them two days’ time to think it over. We will do the necessary after that.”

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