Gujarat assembly polls: OBC leader Alpesh Thakor set to join Congress

Oct 23, 2017, 02:26
Gujarat assembly polls: OBC leader Alpesh Thakor set to join Congress

Not to be left behind in the race for Gujarat, the Congress appealed to Patidar leader Hardik Patel to join forces with the party against the BJP.

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

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who held parlyes with top Gujarat party leaders, Ashok Ghelot and Madhav Singh Solanki and Mr Thakor will be in Gujarat on Monday.

Following Thakor's joining, it is likely that other two will also join the Congress soon in order to give a strong fight to the BJP which has been in power in the state for a long time now. He also expressed happiness at Alpesh Thakor's agreement to join the party.

Speaking to media person outside Rahul's residence in Delhi, Thakore said that on October 23, the Congress vice president will address a mega rally in poll bound state where he will join the grand old party. "I hope that the Patidar agitation leader Hardik will also join us", Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said after the meeting with Rahul.

The two MLAs of NCP, which so far has contested assembly elections in the state in alliance with the Congress, had voted for the BJP in the August RS elections.

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"It is time to throw out the BJP in Gujarat".

The 14th legislative assembly election in Gujarat is to be held by the end of 2017 as the term of 13th assembly ends on January 22, 2018.

Resonating a similar viewpoint, Reshma Patel accused agitation spearhead Hardik Patel of working as an agent of the Congress.

"Though the BJP is trying its best to win the polls, it will not succeed in stopping the Congress' victory march to Gandhinagar". Technically, Hardik Patel can not contest elections as he is underage.

"Chhotu Vasava (JD-U MLA) had supported Congress in the Rajya Sabha election. We want our right (OBC status) and we will continue to fight for the same", said Patel. "Though initially, we had refused, if they agree with the Congress on issues, we have not closed our doors", Solanki said.

For the past couple of years the three leaders from Patidar, OBC and Dalit communities have influenced the state politics, drawing huge crowds.

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