First time after donning the mantle of the party chief, Rahul Gandhi is all set to pay a two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi from tomorrow.
The rise in candidates with serious criminal charges when compared to the party's candidates for the 2012 assembly polls while the BJP's has remained same at 13 per cent.
The pre-poll estimation of the Congress's grassroots level managers is that the party stands a good chance of winning more seats this time compared to its 2012 tally of 61 in the 182-member Assembly.
After the Congress released its first list on Sunday, disgruntled party workers had held protests in Surat, Dhoraji and Jamangar on Monday over the choice of nominees.
The ruling BJP has so far declared candidates for 134 seats whereas the opposition Congress has announced its nominees for 77 seats.
The BJP's central election committee meeting, chaired by Shah, was also attended by state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP state in-charge Bhupender Yadav and state BJP president Jitu Vaghani.
According to NCP's Rajendra Jain, the discussion largely revolved around exploring possibilities of a united fight against BJP.
Hardik Patel warns Congress on Patidar quota issue, sets November 3 deadline for meeting his demands
Patel has put forward a set of demands before the Congress as a pre-condition for extending support to the party in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls.
With the Election Commission announcing the Gujarat Assembly polls today, the stage is set for a high-octane electoral tussle between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.
Sources in the Congress party said Patel sought a maximum number of tickets for Patidar candidates in constituencies where the community has a dominant presence.