Gujarat assembly elections 2017: Two Hardik Patel supporters join BJP

Violet Tucker
October 23, 2017

Patidar leader Hardik Patel today said that his party will support Congress if it supports their causes.

The meeting was also attended by Mr. Solanki and Congress general secretary in charge for Gujarat Ashok Gehlot.

Earlier in the day, the battle for Gujarat seemed to be tilting in favour of the Congress as the party had managed to stitch up a mega front against the BJP comprising all the three influential community leaders - Hardik Patel of Patedar community, Gujarat's Dalit face Jignesh Mevani and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor. The Congress has given both Mr Patel and Mr Mevani an open invitation to join the party.

Mr Thakor rose to prominence after the Patidar agitation led by 24 year old Hardik Patel demanding OBC status and quota benefits for the Patidar community in the state.

"Though the BJP is trying its best to win the polls, it will not succeed in stopping the Congress' victory march to Gandhinagar".

Thakor, who gained fame after the Gujarat Patidar agitation in 2015, met the Congress vice president at his residence in the national capital on Saturday.

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PAAS leader Dinesh Bhambhania told a Gujarat TV channel, "A couple of ambitious people joining BJP or leaving the Patidar movement won't have any impact on us".

The Congress also invited like-minded parties and leaders including Aam Aadmi Party and Chhotu Vasava, a tribal deader and JD (U) MLA.

Jignesh Mewani, on the other hand, said, "I am determined to defeat the BJP not only in Gujarat in December 2017 but also in the Lok Sabha elections in 2019".

In the Rajya Sabha polls, two NCP MLAs claimed to have voted for BJP candidate Balwantsinh Rajput despite their promise to back Ahmed Patel.

The BJP will also highlight the Centre's decision to raise the creamy layer cap for OBC families to Rs eight lakh from Rs six lakh, and then to form a commission to look into sub-categorisation of other backward classes (OBC) quota. "We will send the resolution to BJP-controlled Parliament and impress upon them to pass our resolution", he said, adding that Congress would resort to agitation if Parliament does not approve its proposal.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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