Hardik Patel set to join BJP; big jolt to Congress
Ahead of his induction into the BJP today, former Congress leader Hardik Patel said he would launch a campaign to wean away Congress leaders in Gujarat.
Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi the pride of the world, Patel said that after joining the BJP he would do an event every 10 days to ask.
In the event, he said, he will ask Congress leaders, including MLAs, to join the BJP. “I urge the leaders of the other parties to come and join the BJP,” said Patel.
While talking to media, he said, “I believe the Congress party does not want to do any sort of work. PM Modi is the pride of the entire world.”
Welcoming Hardik Patel, huge posters were put outside BJP office in Gandhi Nagar ahead of his joining.
Patel resigned last month from Congress is set to join the BJP today.
“Today I’m starting a new chapter. I will work as a small soldier. I have never put forth any demands before anyone for any post. I am joining the BJP to work,” he said.
“When people are connecting with the ongoing development works in the country under the leadership of PM Modi, then I should also do the same,” Patel added.
Patel catapulted to the political centre stage in 2015 when he spearheaded the Patidar reservation agitation in Gujarat, building the campaign in the run-up to the 2017 state Assembly elections.
Initially, Patel demanded the OBC status for the Patidar community. Later, it was transformed into a demand for reservations for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS).
Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Patel joined Congress in the presence of Rahul Gandhi. He, was then, appointed as the working president of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee in Gujarat in 2020.
However, he accused Congress leadership of sidelining him while making important decisions and eventually quit the party in 2022.
On May 19 this year, Patel resigned from the party and stated that Gujarat Congress leaders were least bothered to address real issues of the state but were more focussed on ensuring that the leaders who come from Delhi to Gujarat get “chicken sandwich” on time.