SURAT: Posters have been put up in some areas of Surat calling for Muslims to unite and support Congress so that Ahmed Patel is made the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
However, clarifying his position, Patel said that he is not the CM candidate and will not be one in the future too. "This is a misinformation campaign by the BJP as now they know they are going to lose. I was never the CM candidate and neither will I ever be," Patel said.
Party vice president Rahul Gandhi has been leading the charge of campaigning in the poll-bound state. However, there has been no word on who will be the CM candidate for the Congress in the state if it wins the elections.
Some of the front runners in the race are Leader of Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela and Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Bharatsinh Solanki, national spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil, Arjun Modhwadia and Siddarth Patel.
Many in Congress say that they have a strong chance of beating the BJP in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.
The BJP has been in power in Gujarat since 1998.