Gandhinagar: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will begin his three-day-long third leg of the Gujarat NavSarjan Yatra from Jambusar in Bharuch district from Wednesday. Rahul, who is going to visit 6 districts and 35 assembly constituencies in this 3-day tour, will be keen on finalising the seat-sharing formula with the JD-U faction led by prominent tribal leader Chhotubhai Vasava ahead of the assembly election next month.
Congress general secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot has already had a series of meetings with Vasava. Sources say that if the alliance is confirmed, the Congress-JDU Vasava combine will have a grip on around 50 Assembly seats. Apart from Vasava, Congress has also reached out to Patidar leader Hardik Patel and Dalit icon Jignesh Mevani.
Talks have been going on from Gujarat to Delhi to work on a common minimum agenda between Congress with Patel and Mevani. Both Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani have put forth their demands before Congress leaders, who are now discussing the matter internally. “If all (talks) go well, you will see a surprise element in the Surat rally on November 3”, said a senior leader.