Rahul Gandhi Arrives In Ahmedabad To Take Part In OBC Navsarjan Janadesh Mahasammelan

OBC Leader Alpesh Thakor Will Join The Congress

Ahmedabad: Oct 23, 2017

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi presented a bow and an arrow at a public meeting at Devghad Bariya village of Dahod district.(PTI FILE)

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited poll bound Gujarat, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is visiting Gujarat on Monday. Mr. Gandhi arrived in Ahmedabad to take part in OBC Navsarjan Janadesh Mahasammelan.

Earlier, Congress Gujarat President Bharatsingh Solanki had invited Patidar leader Hardik Patel, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and OBC leader Kalpesh Thakor to join the party to finght against the BJP in the state. Mr. Thakor who excepted the invitation and later met with Congress vice President along with some other OBC leaders in Delhi and announced that he would join the party in OBC Navsarjan Janadesh Sammelan in Gandhinagar.

Meanwhile, on Sunday another Patidar leader Narendra Patel within hours of joining the BJP spoke to the press alleging that he was offered Rs 1 crore to join the BJP and was paid Rs 10 lakh as a token money.

“Gujarat is priceless. It has never been bought. It can never be bought. It will never be bought,” Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi tweeted. Mr. Gandhi was referring to the allegations of Narendra Patel who claimed the BJP offered him Rs 1 crore to join the party.

Another Patidar leader, Nikhil Sawani who had earlier joined the BJP, said he will quit the party after the bribery scandal. He also said he will soon meet Mr. Gandhi to put forward his viewpoint.

In the poll bound Gujarat, the ruling BJP is not only facing angry Patidars but also anti- incumbency.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will also meet JDU leader Chotu Vasava during his visit.

“Though the meeting between Rahul Gandhi, Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani has been postponed for now but it might happen when Mr. Gandhi visits Gujarat again,” said Gujarat Congress president Bharatsingh Solanki.

The election in Gujarat has become a matter of prestige for the BJP, ruling the state for almost 22 successive years, and both the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP chief Amit Shah come from the state.

(With Inputs From Agencies)

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