Gujarat Elections: Mysterious poster projects Ahmed Patel as Chief Minister

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Since suffering a defeat in the 2014 elections to the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, Congress' popularity has fallen to the lowest point in its long and storied history.

All set to be elevated to the top post in the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi was expected to collect the certificate, declaring his appointment formally, next week in the presence of top party leaders, including his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi, sources said today.

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In the latest war of words between the Congress and BJP in the run-up to the Gujarat polls, Congress MP Anand Sharma on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi an "ignorant prachar-shastri" who was "less literate in economics", leading to the country's economy getting "derailed".

Attacking the BJP, Mr Patel added, "The moot issue is that the BJP is trying very, very hard to divert the narrative from its performance of last 22 years to a divisive agenda. All of you go to safe places, do not rely on administration as they are busy serving the 'Saheb'". Hence, their reliance on lies and propaganda. "But people of Gujarat have made up their mind this time", Patel tweeted. "I was never the CM candidate and I will never be the CM candidate in future as well", he said. Addressing an election rally at Surat in poll-bound Gujarat, Mr Modi said, some tough decisions had to be taken after the NDA government came to power but people have trusted his decisions.

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