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

Gujarat Assembly poll Congress invites Hardik Patel Jignesh Mevani to join fight against BJP
Amit Dave Reuters

23 October, 2017

Alpesh Thakur, who met Rahul on Saturday, after being offered the ticket, announced that he would join the congress on October 23.

Patidar community leader Hardik Patel gave rise to fresh controversy as he openly declared his support for the Congress and said that his party is anti-BJP and will back Congress to defeat BJP.

The development came yesterday hours after state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki invited Hardik Patel to join hands with 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.

Earlier in the day, another Patidar leader Hardik Patel had turned down the Congress' invitation to fight the Gujarat Assembly election jointly, saying the polls were not a BJP-Congress fight. Reshma and Varun Patel both have reportedly accused the Patidar's leader of becoming a Congress agent. 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. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the best bet for the ruling BJP will also be rushing to Gujarat on Sunday. "I appeal to Hardik to support the Congress during the polls". Congress was "hopeful" that AAP could join hands with them before the polls. 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". Technically, Hardik Patel can not contest elections as he is underage.

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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.

"Chhotu Vasava (JD-U MLA) had supported Congress in the Rajya Sabha election". The issues, Hardik Patel has been stressing on include reserrvation for Patidars, farm loan waiver and job creation.

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

File image of OBC leader Alpesh Thakor.

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