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

23 October, 2017, 02:23 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Gujarat Pradesh Congress committee president Bharatsinh Solanki at a press conference on Saturday

The Congress has given both Mr Patel and Mr Mevani an open invitation to join the party.

With OBCs forming the largest, 40%, vote chunk in Gujarat, the news could not have come at a better time for the Grand Old Party, which would look to wrest the western state from the BJP in the upcoming elections. "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.

On the contrary, Thakor community and OBC Ekta Manch leader Alpesh Thakor confirmed that he would be joining the Congress Party, after he, accompanied by Ashok Gehlot and Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki met the party Vice President Rahul Gandhi at the latter's residence here. "I hope that the Patidar agitation leader Hardik will also join us", Solanki said after the meeting with Mr. Gandhi. The two leaders were part of Hardik Patel-led Patidar quota agitation and remained critical of the ruling BJP during the stir. "Unlike the Congress, we have a string of well-entrenched community leaders across Gujarat". The state will go to polls later this year. I will fight till I have this support.

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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is heading his party's poll campaign in Gujarat.

Thakor, who's a prominent face of the Thakor community leader in the poll-bound state, took the decision after meeting the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday evening.

Further the Congress will also reach out to Jignesh Mevani, the Dalit rights campaigner. According to Deccan Chronicle, Vasava had supported Congress in the Rajya Sabha elections held in August. I can not contest elections myself because of constitutional provisions, nor do I want. He said: "If Congress supports our issues, we will support the party to the hilt". The Congress also invited like-minded parties and leaders including Aam Aadmi Party and Chhotu Vasava, a tribal deader and JD (U) MLA close to Sharad Yadav. The Patidar community leader said that it was time for a BJP-mukt Gujarat.

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