Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav, D Raja, Hardik Patel, Omar Abdullah, Dinesh Trivedi and Sushilkumar Shinde met here today, ahead of the 'Save Constitution' march.
Lending support to Nitin Patel, who is miffed over the portfolios allotted to him in the new BJP government, Lalji Patel called for a Mehsana `bandh' on Jan 1.
Eight assembly elections due in 2018 will set the mood for the next general elections. There will be no time for recovery if reverses are faced in 2018.
Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel began his 15-km-long roadshow in Ahmedabad despite police denying permission to it.
Athawale said the percentage of votes for the Congress will defintely go up thanks to its campaign as well as the backing of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti.
Jitu Vaghani said Rahul will fail miserably in his first test as the Congress's "de facto chief" because he and Hardik Patel are "cheating hardworking and decent people".
Questioning Cong' assurance of reservation to Patidar in Guj, PM Modi said it will either have to "snatch" the share of SCs, STs and OBCs or is making a "false promise".
Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot, wants Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attack the party and Rahul Gandhi even more so that it will "ensure a Congress victory".
The contest on Dhoraji seat will be a prestige issue for PAAS leader Hardik Patel as his key aide, Lalit Vasoya, is contesting from there on Congress ticket.
The Gandhinagar police has filed charges against Hardik and six others for disturbing peace and breaking the law by holding a rally at Mansa without permission.