Facepalm! Hardik Patel declares support for Congress but his aides join BJP

by Antonio Miles October 23, 2017, 2:26
Facepalm! Hardik Patel declares support for Congress but his aides join BJP

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. "We stand by our proposal of keeping 49 per cent reservations for OBC, SC/ST intact and passing a resolution in the Assembly once in power to provide for 20 per cent reservations to other communities", he had said. Thakor announced his decision after conducting a meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and said he and his supporters will officially join Congress on 23rd in a rally which will be attended by Mr Gandhi himself. "Unemployment is a huge problem with lakhs of youngsters without jobs, more than 74,000 farmers are neck deep in debt, illicit liquor flows freely in the state despite prohibition and education and health sectors are in a total mess", Thakor said, adding, "Me, Hardik Patel and Jignesh are all going to join hands with the Congress party to defeat the BJP". This may have given a boost to the mega anti-BJP campaign in Gujarat on the one hand, but the fact that Patel lost two of his comrades to BJP also did not go unnotices, thus, sending out a strong message to the Congress.

The last Congress government in Gujarat was led by Chhabildas Mehta from February 17, 1994 to March 13, 1995. Reshma and Varun Patel both have reportedly accused the Patidar's leader of becoming a Congress agent.

Two leaders from the Patidar community in Gujarat, Reshma Patel, and Varun Patel have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Congress is attempting to set up an anti-BJP front in Gujarat where polls are a few months away. Earlier in the day, Congress state chief Bharatsinh Solanki expressed confidence that party will win comfortably in the state assembly polls. I can not contest elections myself because of constitutional provisions, nor do I want.

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

However, having said that, it is also clear that Congress is acquiring great support from the OBC community and the Dalit. Speaking for the community, Reshma had claimed in her email to Rahul that without clarity on the OBC quota issue, the community would not support the Congress.


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