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

Oct 23, 2017, 02:23
BJP's OBC commission pitch to counter Congress in Gujarat, Karnataka

The Congress got another major boost with the Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakor announcing his decision to join the party.

She also said that the BJP had always supported the community and accepted a majority of their demands while the Congress was only trying to reap benefits from the Patidar vote bank, PTI reported.

In the run up to the Gujarat election, the Congress has promised to give Patidars 20 percent reservations under the "economically backward classes" quota.

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The announcement came just hours after the Congress's Gujarat president Bharatsinh Solanki urged Thakor and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to join hands against the ruling BJP in the upcoming assembly elections.

Hardik Patel then said that it's "not the Congress, but six crore Gujaratis who will fight against the BJP".

The 14th legislative assembly election in Gujarat is to be held by the end of 2017 as the term of 13th assembly ends on January 22, 2018. "And in Gujarat, a government of the poor, backward and unemployed will be formed", Thakor said after meeting with Congress vice-president. The Congress has given both Mr Patel and Mr Mevani an open invitation to join the party. According to Deccan Chronicle, Vasava had supported Congress in the Rajya Sabha elections held in August.

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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. Congress was "hopeful" that AAP could join hands with them before the polls. I can not contest elections myself because of constitutional provisions, nor do I want. "We want our right (OBC status) and we will continue to fight for the same", said Patel.

Reacting to the Congress invite, Hardik Patel, who has been publicly saying that he was out to defeat the "dictatorial and inhuman" BJP, 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".

For the past couple of years the three leaders from Patidar, OBC and Dalit communities have influenced the state politics, drawing huge crowds.

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