Gujarat polls: Rajiv Shukla meets sulking Amin
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla on Saturday met former Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Narhari Amin, who was denied nomination by the Congress for the upcoming state assembly polls.
Shukla, however, did not disclose the content of the talks.
"His contribution to the Congress Party is immense and he is quite influential in Gujarat. He is one of the senior leaders of our party. I had come to hold talks with him, but I cannot disclose the content of the talks between us," he said.
Amin on his part said that Shukla has assured him of taking up the matter with the Congress High Command.
"He (Rajiv Shukla) had called me up to ask what the matter is and I had discussed it with him. So, today he came to meet me and he has assured me that he will talk to the high command in this regard and has asked me not to feel dissatisfied," he said.
To a poser on whether he would now join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Amin said that he would take a decision in this regard only after a meeting with the party workers scheduled to take place tomorrow.
"We have called a meeting tomorrow afternoon in Ahmedabad. The meeting would be attended by the party workers and by people who should have been given the tickets, but were denied the same. We will hold discussions and talks and will then decide our future strategy," he said.
According to reports, Amin had earlier asked his supporters to resign from their posts in the party and in the local bodies.
Today is also the last day for filing nominations for the second phase of the state assembly polls, which will be held on December 17. The second phase of elections will be held for 95 seats spread across 12 districts of the state.
Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. The counting of votes will take place on December 20.