BJP's OBC commission pitch to counter Congress in Gujarat, Karnataka

BJP's OBC commission pitch to counter Congress in Gujarat, Karnataka

BJP's OBC commission pitch to counter Congress in Gujarat, Karnataka

Meanwhile, BJP also attempted to set its caste equation in order with two Patidar leaders, Varun Patel and Reshma Patel joining the party after meeting party chief Amit Shah.

Reacting to the Congress invite to join and offer party tickets, Hardik Patel, who has been publicly saying that he is out to defeat the "dictatorial and inhuman" BJP and had once appealed to Patidars at large to grant the Congress an opportunity, 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". Just as the Congress seemed to have moved a step closer to establish a mega front against the BJP by securing support of the influential leader of the Patidar commuity Hardik Patel, the saffronites struck back by snatching away Mr Patel's key aides - Varun Patel and Reshma Patel. After meeting Gandhi, Thakore said, "Rahul Gandhi would be coming to our rally on October 23 and I will join the Congress party".

Chhotu Vasava, the lone JD (U) MLA in Gujarat, had voted for Congress candidate and party chief Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel in the recent Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, defying his party leadership. Congress was "hopeful" that AAP could join hands with them before the polls.

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Another youth Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is reportedly in touch with top Congress leaders. "Whether I will contest the polls for Congress or join the party will be jointly decided by Dalit organisations and leaders in the state". Hardik Patel himself said, "I can not contest polls (He is 24 years old and the necessary age to contest elections is 25) and I will not contest".

Mr Thakor rose to prominence after the Patidar agitation led by 24 year old Hardik Patel demanding OBC status and quota benefits for the Patidar community in the state.

Solanki said Thakor met Gandhi with his "team" and made a decision to join the Congress in the interest of Gujarat. He said the people have only two options - the BJP or Congress.

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