Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakore to join Congress

Patidar community leader Hardik Patel. Courtesy ANI news

"I am very happy that Mr Thakor had a meeting with our vice president and agreed to join the Congress party". If Rahul Gandhi declares that he will give OBC reservation to the Patidar people, we are ready to join Congress. With the Election Commission taking its own time to announce Gujarat poll dates, the Prime Minister plans to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for a number of projects in Bhavnagar and Vadodara districts. "Unemployment is a huge problem with lakhs of youngsters without jobs, more than 74,000 farmers are neck deep in debt, illicit liquor flows freely in the state despite prohibition and education and health sectors are in a total mess", Thakore told reporters. "We expect them to join us", Solanki said, adding, "Kanu Kalsaria from AAP will also join the Congress".

Not to be left behind in the race for Gujarat, the Congress appealed to Patidar leader Hardik Patel to join forces with the party against the BJP. Solanki expressed confidence that the party would easily win over 125 seats, out of total 182, with the "support and blessings" of all these leaders and parties. The state will go to polls later this year. 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".

Meanwhile, the move gains significance as the Congress and the BJP have been trying woo Patidars ahead of polls.NYOOOZ TV Videos - Dedicated to bringing you the latest and best in politics, sports, current affairs and entertainment world. The constitutional amendment bill, however, could not be passed as the Congress stalled it in the Rajya Sabha, following its passage in the Lok Sabha.

The party had also urged the Patidar leader Hardik Patel to contest elections promising full support. I can not contest elections myself because of constitutional provisions, nor do I want. BJP, indeed, would have a tough time combating the three different powerful communities- Patidar, OBC and Dalit- backing the Congress. "I also invite Chhotu Vasava, who helped us in the Rajya Sabha polls, to support the Congress", he said.

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