Former Congress leader Narhari Amin, who recently crossed over to the Bharatiya Janata Party, has alleged that senior leaders of the faction-ridden Opposition party in Gujarat subverted ticket distribution process for elections, which prompted party cadres to defect.
"Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Arjun Modhvadiya, Opposition leader Shaktisinh Gohil and Congress' election campaign committee chairman Shankarsinh Vaghela are competing each other to become chief minister and flouted party norms in ticket allocation," Amin said.
When asked by reporters what prompted him to sever his ties with the Congress, the former deputy chief minister said, "It is improper that senior leaders of the Congress like me were kept in the dark in ticket allocation and I felt insulted and decided to join the BJP."
Amin is in Rajkot to participate in election campaign on behalf of the ruling BJP.
When asked whether Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is also the president of Gujarat Cricket Association, has promised him any post in the organisation, Amin replied in negative, saying he joined the BJP "without any expectation".
Seeking to punch holes in the Congress' claims, Amin said, "Congress' promises of giving laptops to students and free treatment to patients suffering from heart and kidney ailments, are impracticable and a poll gimmick."
Elections will be held in Gujarat in two phases on December 13 and 17.
Amin's entry into the BJP is expected to boost its prospects in the Saurashtra region where renegade saffron party leader and former chief minister Keshubhai Patel's newly launched Gujarat Parivartan Party is putting a stiff challenge to Modi.
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