NEW DELHI: Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who quit the Congress earlier this month, is all set to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat on Thursday, party leaders said.
According to Gujarat BJP leaders, Patel, who quit the Congress, will be joining the party in the presence of state unit chief CR Patil.
After his resignation from Congress, it was speculated that Patel would be joining BJP. He had even praised the BJP’s decision-making capacity and style of functioning while criticising the Congress leadership.
In his one-page resignation letter to party interim Chief Sonia Gandhi on May 18, Patel was unapologetically acerbic with ripostes on the irresponsible and cavalier attitude of the leaders of the Grand Old Party.
“Whenever I met the leadership, I felt that instead of focusing on the issues of Gujarat, they had more focus on their mobiles,” Patel had said.
He also lambasted the Gujarat Congress leadership and said that they are more interested in ensuring “chicken sandwiches” for the leaders coming from Delhi.
Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi indirectly, he said, “Whenever this country was in need of the Congress leadership, at that time our leaders were abroad.”
The 28-year-old along with then two other young party colleagues Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani had brought out a loud rap on BJP’s knuckle after they threatened to pull off giant victories with huge rallies in the state in elections in the poll-bound state five years ago.
Of them, Thakor has since joined BJP and Mevani, who was elected as an Independent MLA from Vadgam has been throwing his weight behind the Congress, with Assam CM Himanta Biswa registering a case against him two weeks ago.