Gujarat polls: OBC leader Alpesh Thakore to join Congress

Gujarat polls: OBC leader Alpesh Thakore to join Congress

"I also invite Chhotu Vasava, who helped us in the Rajya Sabha polls, to support the Congress", he said.

"It is time to throw out the BJP in Gujarat". "We also invite Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani to join hands with the Congress".

Patel had shot into the spotlight after leading the Patidar agitation in Gujarat.

The Patidars hold nearly one-fifth of the population of Gujarat and if Congress is successful in getting the support of the Patidars than the victory can be a major concern for BJP. The Patidar leader was also seen welcoming the Congress leader and moving along with Rahul Gandhi during the Congress election campaign.

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

Patidar leader Hardik Patel today said that his party will support Congress if it supports their causes.

In the run up to the Gujarat election, the Congress has promised to give Patidars 20% reservations under the "economically backward classes" quota. Though he agreed to the point that if the Congress wishes to fight and win against a proud party like the BJP, it is necessary that all the opposition and different communities come together to fight against the ruling government. However, Patel on Saturday turned down the Congress' invitation to fight the Gujarat Assembly election jointly, saying the polls were not a BJP-Congress fight.

In a major boost to Congress ahead of the assembly polls in Gujarat, OBC, SC and ST Ekta Manch (OSS) leader Alpesh Thakor met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and announced that Mr Gandhi will attend rally on 23rd during which Mr. Thakor and his supporters will join Congress.

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