New Delhi, Nov 20: In what can be called as a big jolt to the Congress, ahead of 2017 Gujarat Assembly Elections, Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel on Monday said that NCP will fight the polls alone without any alliance with the main Opposition party.

Speaking to ANI, Patel said,”We wanted to contest in Gujarat in alliance with Congress and had talks with them too initially, but Congress did not seem serious and kept on delaying, so we will fight alone. Confident that we will do even better.”

Contrary to Patel, NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar yesterday said that his party will contest the Assembly elections in Gujarat next month in alliance with the Congress to oust the 22-year-old BJP regime in the state.

“The NCP has extended its full support to the Congress and will fight the Assembly polls (in Gujarat) in alliance with the Congress,” Anwar had said.

Earlier on Sunday, the main Opposition party released its first list of 77 candidates for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections 2017. The list comes hours after the Congress announced that it had struck a deal with Hardik Patel’s PAAS for Patel reservation in jobs and education.

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. In 2012, Congress won 57 out of 182 seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registered victory on 119 seats.