1. Setback for Hardik Patel, Patidar leaders Reshma Patel, Varun Patel join BJP after meeting Amit Shah

Setback for Hardik Patel, Patidar leaders Reshma Patel, Varun Patel join BJP after meeting Amit Shah

With Gujarat assembly elections 2017 around the corner, the political activity in the state is at its peak. In a latest development, Patidar leaders Reshma Patel and Varun Patel on Saturday met Amit Shah at BJP office in Ahmedabad.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 21, 2017 8:59 PM
Reshma Patel, Varun Patel join BJP after meeting Amit Shah, Hardik Patel,Patidar leaders Reshma Patel, Varun Patel NEWS, Bharat Solanki, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president, Bharat Solanki, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Patidar leaders Reshma Patel, Varun Patel join BJP after meeting Amit Shah.(PTI)

With Gujarat assembly elections 2017 around the corner, the political activity in the state is at its peak. In a latest development, Patidar leaders Reshma Patel and Varun Patel on Saturday met Amit Shah at BJP office in Ahmedabad. And, both of them have joined BJP. This development is seen as a blow to Hardik Patel. Both Reshma and Varun were reportedly very close to Hardik Patel.

Earlier in the day Bharat Solanki, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president 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 disinterest 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.

Meanwhile, Alpesh Thakore, a leader of OBC Ekta Manch, has announced that he will join Congress on October 23. Alpesh made this announcement after meeting Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi. “Rahul Gandhi would be coming to our rally on Oct 23 and I will join the Congress party,” Alpesh Thakore, OBC Ekta Manch leader, said.

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. Alpesh 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.

  1. shiva vishvarupa
    Oct 22, 2017 at 9:03 am
    Dear Gujaratis, North Indians, How many IT companies you have in north India and Gujarat including Bihar, UP and Bengal? If you guys want to see any development in north India then you should support BJP. If you guys are happy to migrate to south and work for the welfare of south Indians and to help them build real estate then you can vote for any other party. Never vote for a party that is only interested to make some family member as PM. Vote for a party that projects nationalists as prime ministers - who works in the interest of the nation. If you guys want further details, find out how many important cabinet portfolios were allocated to south and how many were allocated to north during UPA regime and think about it.
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      Ajmal
      Oct 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm
      Lol.. U mentioned no IT parks r there in North and Gujarat. Who is ruling there?? Now come to sounth.. U can't see bjp here but can see IT parks abd development. No need to run to find out railway cross to do your nature's call. We r hygienic and you can see toilets everywhere. So don't misguide ppl and do the same mistake in your past. Kick out bjp then development will follow
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      1. Johnson K. Kurien
        Oct 22, 2017 at 3:46 pm
        Good Reply.
    2. Jayesh Sheth
      Oct 22, 2017 at 6:48 am
      only one thing i can say that poloitics is a dirty game and good ma en will not entered in to the politics because we see since so many times that amways we see politics entered in to80 through media,it is enough to say.
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        Poda De
        Oct 21, 2017 at 10:28 pm
        Congressmen in their own interest of survival must first throw out the unpatriotic uneducated Italian mother-tongues
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          Raj
          Oct 23, 2017 at 7:24 am
          Well said
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