Gujarat poll drama: Congress wins over Hardik Patel, BJP gets aides

Gujarat Pradesh Congress committee president Bharatsinh Solanki at a press conference on Saturday
Gujarat Pradesh Congress committee president Bharatsinh Solanki at a press conference on Saturday

23 October, 2017

The Congress got another major boost with the Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakor announcing his decision to join the party.

The Gujarat Congress chief also said that the party has considered the demands of all three community leaders, including Alpesh and Jignesh, and are willing to support their demands. "Our agitation was about getting reservation under the OBC quota, not about uprooting the BJP and bringing the Congress to power". Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be in Gujarat on October 23 where Mr Thakor is expected to join the party.

Summary: As political temperature is soaring in poll bound Gujarat, party-switching has started.

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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.

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti has been protesting against the ruling BJP-led government with demands of reservation for Patidar community. "Whether I will contest the polls for Congress or join the party will be jointly decided by Dalit organisations and leaders 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". According to Deccan Chronicle, Vasava had supported Congress in the Rajya Sabha elections held in August. A couple of months ago, PAAS leader Hardik Patel had called upon people to vote for the Congress. "I also invite Chhotu Vasava, who helped us in the Rajya Sabha polls, to support the Congress", he said. I can not contest elections myself because of constitutional provisions, nor do I want. "We are also ready to give him a ticket if he wants to fight elections in the future", Solanki said. "Though initially, we had refused, if they agree with the Congress on issues, we have not closed our doors", Solanki said. "We could not have conceded so much to an outsider as the Congress, which has been out of power for over 22 years and has seen desertion by its top leaders", a BJP leader said, noting that its pre-eminent leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hails from an OBC caste.

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