Gujarat assembly elections 2017: Two Hardik Patel supporters join BJP

Tammy Harvey
October 23, 2017

The Congress had given both Hardik Patel and Mr Mevani an open invitation to join the party.

Summary: As political temperature is soaring in poll bound Gujarat, party-switching has started. "Whether I will contest the polls for Congress or join the party will be jointly decided by Dalit organisations and leaders in the state". While the BJP always supported the community and accepted a majority of our demands, Congress is only trying to use Patels as a vote bank.

The Congress got another major boost with the Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakor announcing his decision to join the party. "PAAS workers and leaders are also angry with BJP".

"This agitation was not Hardik Patel's alone".

As the Gujarat election is gaining grip with the Anti-BJP mood post-GST and version 2.0 of Rahul Gandhi, OBC Ekta Manch leader Alpesh Thakor has given his support to the Congress party saying he is ready to join the grand old outfit on October 23. Patel won by a wafer thin margin.


"I am very happy that Mr Thakor had a meeting with our Vice President and agreed to join the Congress party". Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the best bet for the ruling BJP will also be rushing to Gujarat on Sunday.

Top state BJP leaders besides Shah have addressed OBC meets in Gujarat. This will be Mr Modi's third visit to Gujarat in a month. The Congress also invited like-minded parties and leaders including Aam Aadmi Party and Chhotu Vasava, a tribal deader and JD (U) MLA close to Sharad Yadav. The constitutional amendment bill, however, could not be passed as the Congress stalled it in the Rajya Sabha, following its passage in the Lok Sabha.

Apart from these leaders, the Congress also hinted at forging a pre-poll alliance with Sharad Pawar's NCP.

Thakor, accompanied by Congress general secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot and state party chief Bharatsinh Solanki, met Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi this evening. I can not contest elections myself because of constitutional provisions, nor do I want.

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