Gujarat polls: OBC leader Alpesh Thakore to join Congress

Gujarat Assembly poll Congress invites Hardik Patel Jignesh Mevani to join fight against BJP

Both had earlier today met Shah at the BJP office in Ahmedabad.

BJP-ruled Gujarat is likely to go to polls in November.

"Rahul Gandhi would be coming to our rally on Oct 23 and I will join the Congress party", Thakor, who has emerged as the OBC face in Gujarat, said in New Delhi after a meeting with Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi.

Gujarat will be holding the assembly election before 18 Dec, and this time Congress seems to be rather serious about getting the throe by hook or by crook. This development is seen as a blow to Hardik Patel. "We also invite Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani to join hands with the Congress".

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.

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The meeting at Rahul's residence was also attended by Ashok Gehlot who is now in-charge of the Congress party's election preparedness in Gujarat and state Congress unit chief Bharat Singh Solanki. Hardik Patel very tactfully avoided his support to Congress but also openly declared its rivalry with BJP.

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.

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

Thakor community and OBC Ekta Manch leader Alpesh Thakor on Saturday confirmed that he would be joining the Congress Party, ahead of elections in poll-bound Gujarat.

Solanki had invited Patidar leader Hardik Patel and other caste-based leaders to join in the fight against the BJP in the Gujarat Assembly polls.

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