Ahead of Gujarat Assembly polls, OBC leader Alpesh Thakor to join Congress

Patidar leader Hardik Patel

Congress seeks a grand alliance ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections

Patidar leaders Reshma Patel and Varun Patel on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of party chief Amit Shah.

Patidar community leader Hardik Patel on Saturday said political parties must unite against BJP in upcoming Gujarat assembly elections.

You have to be at least 25 to contest an election to Parliament or the state assemblies in India. "I hope that the Patidar agitation leader Hardik will also join us", Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said after the meeting with Mr. Gandhi.

Reacting to the Congress invite, Hardik Patel, who has been publicly saying that he was out to defeat the "dictatorial and inhuman" BJP, said, "I am not here to contest elections and my age does not permit it, but other PAAS (Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti) members are free to do so".

Congress is trying every possible tactic to get the support of all the communities who are unhappy with BJP in Gujarat ahead of the polls. He said that the demands of the Patidars is genuine and the Congress has invited Patel to join the party. Congress is trying to lure all those people who are now against the ruling BJP government.

The Congress is out of power in Gujarat for 22 years.

"Hardik Patel, in a statement, responding to his decision on the call of Congress said that" it is good that the Congress has invited us, we will decide as to what final decision is to be taken".

Alpesh Thakor, convener of Gujarat Kshatriya Thakor Sena and OBC, SC, ST Ekta manch, today met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi here and announced that he will join the party on October 23.

Gujarat election is a trilateral contest between ruling BJP, Congress, and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

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