Hardik Patel's key aides join BJP

23 October, 2017, 04:36 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Gujarat Pradesh Congress committee president Bharatsinh Solanki at a press conference on Saturday

A day after the Congress received a boost with the decision of Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakore to join the party, BJP sources sought to play down its impact, saying Thakore is an untested electoral player. The issues, Hardik Patel has been stressing on include reserrvation for Patidars, farm loan waiver and job creation.

While Modi will inaugurate a slew of developmental projects before the model code of conduct kicks in, Rahul will undertake the third phase of his yatra during November 1-3, Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said.

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However, speaking to ANI, Patel said that he could not contest elections because of his age, but agreed with the Congress to unite against the BJP.

Soon thereafter, Thakor said Rahul Gandhi would attend a rally organised by him on 23 October where "I will join the Congress party". Both joined the BJP late this evening and went on to describe Hardik Patel as a "Congress agent".

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"Though the BJP is trying its best to win the polls, it will not succeed in stopping the Congress' victory march to Gandhinagar. Whether I will contest the polls for Congress or join the party will be jointly decided by Dalit organisations and leaders in the state". Immediately after joining the BJP, the Patel aides targeted their former leader and were all praise for the BJP.

All roads lead to election-bound Gujarat in the coming days, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to visit his home state on Sunday for the third time this month and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi following suit a few days later. Hardik Patel himself said, "I can not contest polls (He is 24 years old and the necessary age to contest elections is 25) and I will not contest".

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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". Lashing out at the ruling saffronites, Hardik Patel said, "BJP is only fooling and threatening people". The proposed front could rattle the BJP as all these three leaders represent three different powerful communities - Patidar, OBC and Dalit.

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