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Gujarat polls: Congress releases 3rd list of 76 candidates for second phase

Congress general secretary Oscar Fernandes released the third list to the media late last night. The list featured at least 11 candidates from ST and three from SC communities.

Reported by: PTI, Ahmedabad [ Updated: November 27, 2017 8:01 IST ]
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi waves to supporters
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi waves to supporters during a rally at Nani Devati village of Sanand

The Congress party has released its third list of 76 candidates for the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly election, filing of nominations for which ends on Monday. 

The party, which has been seeking to dislodge the BJP from power in the western state, earlier announced the names of 86 candidates in two phases. The party, however, could not finalise the names of its candidates in 20 more seats. 

Congress general secretary Oscar Fernandes released the third list to the media late last night. 

The list featured at least 11 candidates from Scheduled Tribes and three from Scheduled Caste communities. 

The Congress has been out of power in the crucial state for over two decades. The polling for the two-phase elections in Gujarat, having total 182 seats, will take place on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18. 

Eighty-nine seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat region are going to polls in the first phase, while the remaining 93 seats in central and northern region would go for polls in the second phase. 

Meanwhile, party’s Gujarat unit spokesperson Rekhaben Chaudhary has resigned from the primary member of party and all other posts. Last week, BJP leader and former MP Kanjibhai Patel resigned from the party along with his son, Sunil Patel.

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