In order to launch a joint attack on the BJP the Congress has roped in Hardik Patel who has raked up Patidar issue.
Party will adopt a 'one booth five youth' formula: Newly-appointed Gujarat Congress chief Jagdish Thakor
Jagdish Thakor, a former MP and face of the OBC community in northern Gujarat, is known for his eloquence.
An OBC leader, Thakor, who has good oratory skills, will have to take along all factions in the state unit while taking on the well-organized BJP which has been in power in the state from 1998.
The appointment comes ahead of next year's assembly elections in the state, where the Congress is seeking to wrest power from the BJP.
Gujarat Cong seeks action under sedition law against group behind installation of Nathuram Godse's bust
A group of people from a right-wing outfit Hindu Sena had on November 15 installed the bust in Jamnagar, which some Congress members demolished a day later.
Sources said the party is likely to pick a senior party leader to lead the Congress in the state where the elections are due by the end of 2022.
Rahul Gandhi separately met senior leaders from Gujarat and sought their views on the appointment of the new state Congress chief and the CLP leader.
According to sources close to the development, Hardik Patel, who is currently the Working President of Gujarat Congress and Rajya Sabha MP Shaktisinh Gohil are the 'front runners'.
Jignesh Mevani said Congress played a key role in the Indian independence movement and he has decided to join the Sonia Gandhi-led party as he thinks it can end the "misrule" of the BJP.
The BJP retained Okha municipality by winning 34 out of 36 seats, while two seats went to the Congress.
Gujarat Congress leaders said a change of face in the BJP ahead of elections could be a game-changer as the ruling party looks to overcome anti-incumbency.
While discarding these reports as 'baseless', Hardik Patel saw the BJP's hand behind the circulation of such 'fake reports', a claim rejected by the ruling party.
Veteran Congress leader and former Gujarat Finance and Education Minister Arvind Sanghvi died in his home in Ahmedabad.
Congress expels eight MLAs in Gujarat, including Vaghela, for defying party whip in Rajya Sabha polls
The Congress on Wednesday expelled eight rebel MLAs, including former Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela, for six years for anti-party activities.
According to Rupani, the Congress MLAs from Banaskantha and other flood affected regions should have stayed with the people in this difficult time.