The state Congress has called a four-day marathon meeting to assess what impact the Patidar agitation led by Hardik Patel seeking reservation for the Patel community in job appointments and admissions in educational institutions would have politically.
The marathon meeting is being held with office-bearers of all the district units between September 28 and October 1 to gather information about party’s position in each district, its infrastructure and most importantly the political impact of the ongoing Patidar agtiation for reservation with a view to making preparations for the forthcoming local body polls.
State and central party leaders including state party chief Bharatsinh Solanki, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Shankersinh Vaghela and AICC general secretary and party’s in-charge of Gujarat Gurudas Kamat are among the prominent leaders to hold parleys with the party leaders from each district.
A total of 40 office-bearers of different bodies of the party, including representatives of the NSUI, youth Congress, mahila wing and minority chapter would be meeting the party leaders as per appointment on any of the four days.
According to party sources, these leaders would question them about potential candidates who could win the local body polls as also 2017 assembly elections. The sources said that this would enable the leaders in choosing candidates for local body and assembly elections.
Sources said that the party leaders would also ask for the feedback about the political of the Patidar agitation for reservation. The party leaders would like to know if the Patidar agitation would benefit the Congress and, if yes, then to what extent because Patel community has so far been the backbone of the BJP in the state.
Party sources said that Solanki, who has taken over the reigns of the state unit for the second time, is preparing to give a very tough fight to BJP in the local body elections as he considers it to be a precursor to 2017 assembly polls.
State party spokesperson Manish Doshi, when contacted, said that all preparations for the four-day meeting was underway. He said that other party leaders like Sajjan Verma and Ashwin Sekhri from AICC would also attend the meeting.