Guj Polls: Hardik Patel's key aides join BJP

Lucy Hill
October 23, 2017

Chhotu Vasava, the lone JD (U) MLA in Gujarat, had voted for Congress candidate and party chief Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel in the recent Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, defying his party leadership.

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

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. With the Election Commission taking its own time to announce Gujarat poll dates, the Prime Minister plans to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for a number of projects in Bhavnagar and Vadodara districts.

"I am very happy that Mr Thakor had a meeting with our Vice President and agreed to join the Congress party. We are also ready to give him a ticket if he wants to fight elections in the future", Solanki said.

Thakore, meanwhile, said he and his supporters would formally join the Congress at a massive rally in Gandhinagar on Monday.

Apart from these leaders, the Congress also hinted at forging a pre-poll alliance with Sharad Pawar's NCP. I can not contest elections myself because of constitutional provisions, nor do I want.

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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". He said: "If Congress supports our issues, we will support the party to the hilt".

Earlier Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki said at a presser that he was confident that his party would win at least 125 seats.

The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti has been protesting against the ruling BJP-led government with demands of reservation for Patidar community.

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

But, then, the mega-front is up against the personality and charisma of Mr Modi, who continues to remain the biggest draw in the state and an icon of "Gujarati pride".

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