Hardik Patel's aide Nikhil Sawani quits BJP

Patidar community leader Hardik Patel. Courtesy ANI news

Earlier, Hardik had turned down the Congress' invitation to fight the Gujarat Assembly election jointly, saying the polls were not a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Congress fight. The main reason for the rising anti-incumbency is the discontentment of the Patidars, Dalits, OBCs and the tribals.

The Congress today demanded a court-monitored probe and an FIR against the BJP in Gujarat following allegations by a Patidar leader that he was offered Rs 1 crore to join the party. We have invited Hardik Patel and other leaders of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti.

Narendra, presenting wads of currency notes, claimed that the BJP leaders paid him Rs 10 lakh in advance and promised to pay Rs 90 lakh on Monday.

Reacting to the revelations of Narendra Patel, the Patidar leader on Monday took a dig at the BJP in a chain of tweets. The Congress says this has been done to ensure that the PM has a large window to announce policies and projects that will skew voters towards his party, which has governed Gujarat uninterrupted for two decades. However, the Congress never held such talks, as they were not committed.

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Gandhi will take part in "Navsarjan Gujarat Janadesh" rally organised by his party in Gandhinagar, where OBC leader Alpesh Thakor will join the Congress.

Though the whereabouts of the meeting are not known as for now, but these closed-door meeting can completely change the course of politics in Gujarat if the Patidars extend their support to Congress, which is quite possible after the recent incident of trying to buy the Patidar leader.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari demanded that a case should be registered against the state BJP and judicial probe should be ordered. "He will meet when Rahul Gandhi visits from November 1-3 again", Dinesh told ANI. "BJP is not to be blamed for those who are going in and out of the party". Hardik Patel to this has said that he will not be able to meet Rahul Gandhi but something can be done within the next few days. The close aide of Hardik Patel then congratulated Narendra Patel.

He said there was a shift in public mood in the country but the BJP was still resorting to old tactics of tying to intimidate opposition leaders with money or threats in its desperation to win Gujarat.

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