After getting a massive defeat in 2019 Parliamentary elections, Congress is facing a hard time in different state legislative assemblies. The party fails to impress the voters by its leaders and had lost the election in different states in recent years. One similar thing that Congress is facing in different states election is optimism in the party. Gujarat elections are next month in a row and many think that party is facing optimism in Gujarat as well. We are here with some of the eminent leaders of the party who can turn as a top leader in Gujarat.
Bharatsinh Solanki, 64
Bharatsinh Solanki, President of the Gujarat PCC, deserves to be the best because of his political background. He is the son of Madhavsinh Solanki, four times chief minister and former external affairs, minister. He played a big role in 1985 elections and led the Congress to a record victory (149 seats) with a formula that sought to bring together OBCs, Dalits, tribals and Muslims. The son is now leading the party with a formula that addresses OBCs, Dalits, tribals and Patels. He was credited for revitalising the party during his first term as GPCC president. However, he quits from GPCC chief in 2007 after his involvement in some allegations. But again he started his second term in 2015. A three-time MLA and a two-time Lok Sabha MP, Solanki was MoS for drinking water & sanitation (independent charge) as well as for railways and power.
Siddharth Patel, 63
Siddharth is among the Patidar faces in Congress leadership. He is the son of former chief minister Chimanbhai Patel and former Union MoS Dr Urmila Patel. A possible candidate from Dabhoi, from where he has contested four elections since 1998, winning twice and losing twice, Patel has been a general secretary in the GPCC since 1994. He contested his first assembly poll in 1998 and won. He was GPCC president in 2008 and the party’s chief whip in the assembly between 1998 and 2002. He Is known for being a suave, soft-spoken and approachable leader.
Arjun Modhwadia, 60
Before joining politics in 1997 he was an engineer with the Gujarat Maritime Board. He contested his first election in 2002 from Porbandar, where he defeated BJP veteran Babu Bokhiriya despite a BJP surge in the state amid an atmosphere of communal polarisation. He made the party more aggressive in the assembly after he was made Congress Legislature Party leader during 2004-07. Amid between the Narendra Modi popularity in 2007 he won the election from Porbandar again in 2007. Modhwadia was made Gujarat PCC chief in 2011, and he was in charge when the Congress was routed in 2012.
Shaktisinh Gohil, 57
During the Rajya Sabha election this year, Shaktisinh was the centre of attention. As the party’s election agent, Gohil is credited with ensuring the victory of Congress leader Ahmed Patel in the closely fought election. Gohil’s four victories in assembly elections have included three from Bhavnagar South. The fourth was from Abdasa — in a 2014 bypoll, after he had lost in the 2012 elections. Gohil was elected at the age of 30 and was also appointed as minister. He is serving as a candidate this year from Mandvi, in Kutch district.
Paresh Dhanani, 41
Dhanani, proved his iron stroke in politics in 2002, after defeating then agriculture minister Parshottam Rupala. He was then Youth Congress president for Amreli district. Recently, he played the vital role in Gujarat from Rajya Sabha election to roadshow campaign of Rahul Gandhi. After retaining his 2007 lost seat of Amreli district in 2012 he was made the general secretary of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee and later an AICC secretary, a post he continues to hold. He is the son of a farmer and was brought into politics by former Union minister Manubhai Kotadiya.