New Delhi, November 15: The Congress will announce candidates for the two-phased Gujarat Assembly elections on November 17. The Congress Central Election Committee meeting for selecting candidates has been postponed to Friday.

In 2012 Gujarat Assembly Elections, Congress won 57 out of 182 seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registered victory on 119 seats. It was left with only 43 MLAs after over dozen of them defected.

The Congress, which has been out of power in the key western state for over 22 years now, has been trying hard to increase its tally in the state. It is also wooing three young leaders who have emerged on Gujarat’s political firmament in recent times through various agitations.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been campaigning aggressively in the state and taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a host of issues including demonetisation, Goods and Service Tax, economic slowdown.

The two-phased Gujarat elections will be on December 9 and 14. In the first phase of voting, 89 seats across 19 districts will go to polls and in the second phase 93 constituencies across 14 districts will vote.

The results will be declared on December 18.