Disgruntled leader Amin asks supporters not to work for Congress
With central Congress Party leaders turning down Gujarat Congress leader Narhari Amin's request to be allowed to contest assembly polls from the Gandhinagar South constituency, the disgruntled party loyalist is reported to have told his supporters to stop all party related work, and is set to announce his future plans.
Amin's supporters, including the Ahmedabad City Congress president Pankaj Shah, have already resigned from their posts. Similarly, two sitting MLAs revolted against the party and filed nominations as independent candidates on Friday.
Various protests against candidature announcements from all corners of the state has left party leaders baffled and they feel the ground is slipping from beneath their feet.
Following protests against the first list of 52 candidates for both phases of elections, the Congress did not release the list of remaining candidates, and instead started instructing candidates personally, issuing mandates secretively.
Major drama had unfolded at Amin's residence on Thursday night as hundreds of supporters rushed to meet him after the Congress high command did not grant his request to contest from the Gandhingar South constituency.
Amin's supporters had poured in from not just the city, but also from Kalol and Kheda. They not only sympathised with him, but even showed willingness to resign from their posts in the party as well as the municipal corporation, district and taluka panchayats, university and other organisations as representatives of the party.
Congress candidates from Ghatlodia, Sabarmati, Ellisbridge, Naranpura and Thakkarnagar also showed solidarity with Amin.
After the party brass did not pay any heed to the protest of the workers, Ahmedabad City Congress president, 12 municipal corporators, 40 ward presidents, in-charges of 14 assembly constituencies and 100 other officials resigned from their posts.
Amin had earlier said he was upset by the party's decision, but made it clear that he did not wish to contest elections at all. However, later, he also said that he along with his supporters would not work for the party.