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Guj Polls: Hardik Patel's key aides join BJP

23 October, 2017, 04:36 | Author: Samuel Sharp
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"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.

However, speaking to ANI, Patel said that he could not contest elections because of his age, but agreed with the Congress to unite against the BJP.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel, who recently won a hard-fought battle for a Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat, party general secretary in-charge of the state Ashok Gehlot, Congress state unit chief Bharatsinh Solanki were among leaders who attended the crucial meeting.


As the Gujarat election is gaining grip with the Anti-BJP mood post-GST and version 2.0 of Rahul Gandhi, OBC Ekta Manch leader Alpesh Thakor has given his support to the Congress party saying he is ready to join the grand old outfit on October 23. "Our agitation was about getting reservation under the OBC quota, not about uprooting the BJP and bringing the Congress to power". He is now acting like a Congress agent.

"Though the BJP is trying its best to win the polls, it will not succeed in stopping the Congress' victory march to Gandhinagar".

"It is time to throw out the BJP in Gujarat". Immediately after joining the BJP, the Patel aides targeted their former leader and were all praise for the BJP. The Congress also invited like-minded parties and leaders including Aam Aadmi Party and Chhotu Vasava, a tribal deader and JD (U) MLA close to Sharad Yadav. "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". Responding to the offer, Hardik said: "Although I believe we must unite against the BJP, this is not a BJP-Congress election".

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