NEW DELHI: Hours after Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel announced to quit the Congress ahead of the crucial assembly elections in Gujarat later this year, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Shaktisinh Gohil took a swipe at him saying the words in his resignation letter is the script of the ruling BJP.
Speaking to the media here, Gohil said, “Gujarat Congress had given a youth leader a lot of opportunities in the state. The BJP with help of CBI and other investigative agencies got the resignation of Patel.”
He said that Patel stood against BJP when Patidar community people were targeted by the state government and he even described BJP leader Amit Shah as General Dyer.
“And now his language has changed as the BJP is facing the heat of the people due to inflation and other issues. Now the BJP is fearing that they are going to lose in the election and thus they conspired to bring Congress leaders into the BJP. And now the BJP has become ‘Congress yukt, instead of Congress mukt’,” the Congress leader said.
“Whatever Patel has written are not his words but these are clearly the words dictated by the BJP. Because several of the Congress leaders who joined the BJP are guilty and they have told me that when we quit the Congress we are given a script by the BJP,” he said.
He said, “Whatever is written in the resignation letter are the words of the BJP.”
Slamming the Patidar leader, who had joined the Congress ahead of the 2017 assembly elections in the state, Gohil, himself a former Gujarat Congress chief said, “If you talk about leadership, you were sharing a stage with Rahul Gandhi a few days back.”
“Who stopped you from meeting him? We have internal democracy. There is a thin line between internal democracy and indiscipline. BJP doesn’t have internal democracy,” he added.
Youth Congress national president Srinivas BV posted a message of Rahul Gandhi with a cryptic message saying those who are scared, ‘hardik’ gratitude to them. “Those who stand by the truth, stand with ideology,” the tweet read.
Earlier in the day, Patel embarrassed Congress after he accused the top leadership of staying abroad when the country needed them most and also alleged that the party leadership was not serious during meetings and were much more bothered about messages on their mobile phones.
He also lambasted the Gujarat Congress leadership and said that they are more interested in ensuring “chicken sandwiches” for the leaders coming from Delhi.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress in-charge Raghu Sharma and Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani were unavailable for comment despite several calls.
In 2017 polls, Congress had taken the elections live to the wire by winning 77 seats in the 182-member assembly, breaking their own 32-year-record with the highest tally thus far. BJP, however, had managed to romp home by the skin of their teeth, registering 99 wins, just a touch above the 92-mark majority.