1. Congress invites Hardik Patel to contest Gujarat Assembly elections; Patidar leader says upcoming polls are not just about BJP, Congress

Congress invites Hardik Patel to contest Gujarat Assembly elections; Patidar leader says upcoming polls are not just about BJP, Congress

The battle of Gujarat is intensifying with approaching polls and Congress is looking to exploit every opportunity that can get the state in its kitty

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 21, 2017 4:30 PM
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The battle of Gujarat is intensifying with approaching polls and Congress is looking to exploit every opportunity that can bring the state in its kitty. In the latest development, Bharat Solanki, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president on Saturday said, “If Hardik Patel wants to contest the election, then Congress invites him to do so,” as per ANI.

Hardik Patel, who led an agitation for the inclusion of the Patidar caste in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category, on the other hand, showed his dis-interest in contesting the elections. He said, “Constitutionally speaking, I can’t contest the election and I don’t need to, in the first place.” He further said the upcoming state poll is not just about BJP and Congress, but about the six crores people of Gujarat.

As per a PTI report, the Congress also hinted at forging a pre-poll alliance with Sharad Pawar-led NCP and bringing on board Chhotu Vasava, the lone JD(U) MLA from the state. He also informed that the party is extending its offer to two NCP MLAs as well. “We also invite Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani to join hands with the Congress. I also invite Chhotu Vasava, who helped us in the Rajya Sabha polls, to support the Congress,” he said.

Patidar leader Hardik Patel had recently asserted that he was determined to work for the defeat of the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections in Gujarat. “I am not working for the victory of the opposition Congress, but am committed to the legitimate rights of my community,” Patel said at a conclave of India TV in Ahmedabad.

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