Posters appealing Muslims to vote for Congress to make Ahmed Patel the chief minister came up in some minority-dominated areas here on the last day of campaigning for first phase of Gujarat polls, but Patel called it a "dirty trick" by the BJP and said he was not in the race. Patel, who is Congress President Sonia Gandhi political advisor, stressed that he was never a candidate for the chief ministers post and "never will be".
The posters that came up in old city area and Surat-East constituency of the diamond and trading hub which goes to polls on Saturday carried photos of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Ahmed Patel. "Muslims are requested to vote for Congress party to maintain unity of the community and make Ahmed Patel wazir-e-aalam (chief minister) of Gujarat," read the posters. Trashing the posters, Patel alleged that such acts show the "utter desperation" of the BJP as it fears defeat.
"Putting up fake posters and orchestrating a rumour campaign shows the utter desperation of the BJP. "Fearing defeat, do they have to rely on such dirty tricks? I have never ever been a candidate for CM and will never, ever be," he tweeted. He said the BJP is trying to divert the narrative from its performance to a divisive agenda. "The moot issue is that BJP is trying very very hard to divert the narrative from its performance of last 22 years to a divisive agenda.