Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections

Search:



The Web

India Abroad




Newsletters
Sign up today!

Get news updates:
  
Mobile Downloads
Text 67333
Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this Article


Home > News > PTI

Mehta, Zadafia opt out of Gujarat polls

October 29, 2007 21:12 IST

Most Bharatiya Janata Party leaders rebelling against Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat will fight elections on Congress tickets. However, some senior leaders like Suresh Mehta and Gordhan Zadafia will keep away from the electoral fray.

"I and former chief minister Mehta will not contest the elections but will take active part in the campaign to defeat the dictatorial government of Chief Minister Narendra Modi," said Zadafia.

"BJP MLAs who wish to shift sides will fight under the Congress banner," he said.

"Some of our leaders and MLAs have decided to fight under Uma Bharti's party -- Bharatiya Jan Shakti," Zadafia added.

However, he did not disclose the number of seats BJP rebels have demanded from the Congress.

"Many MLAs and prominent BJP leaders, who want to switch sides and fight elections, have demanded tickets," Zadafia said.

"Winnability of the candidate will be the chief criterion for giving tickets. Congress has not shown any rigidity about the number of tickets to be given to us," Zadafia claimed.

"Negotiations are going on between the three-member committee of the Congress comprising Vylar Ravi, Prithviraj Chavan and B K Hariprasad. The local leaders are not part of the negotiations," he added.



© Copyright 2007 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.

Advertisement
Advertisement