New Delhi: While the Gujarat Kshatriya Thakor Sena decided earlier on Wednesday to sever ties with the Congress, it was only in the evening that its leader and Radhanpur MLA Alpesh Thakor resigned from the party. (Catch All Lok Sabha Elections 2019 News Here)
Soon after resigning, Thakor said, “I will not join BJP. My two MLAs (MLA Dhavalsinh Thakor and MLA Bharatji Thakor, who have also resigned from Congress party today), and I will complete our five-year tenure as MLA.”
Thakor has been hinting at leaving the Congress for a while now and rumours were rife that the BJP had even been offered a ministerial post. Thakor had joined the Congress in the run-up to the 2017 state Assembly elections.
Then, there were reports that while Thakor was keen to contest from Patan Lok Sabha seat, the Congress gave the ticket to former MP Jagdish Thakor instead.
Two Congress MLAs, Jawahar Chavda and Parsotam Sabariya, had resigned from the party in March and the former was even inducted as a Cabinet minister in the Vijay Rupani government after joining the BJP.
Thakor had been claiming he would stay put in the Congress. He also met the Congress top brass in Delhi. “I can stay without power, but not without respect. I cannot accept if someone says that I can sell myself or I am greedy. So, I am saying that we have chosen the path of struggle which is full of difficulties. We will fight for the poor, unemployed, farmers, OBCs and SC/STs. Alpesh Thakor is now clear. I want to fight for my people and so I will stay with the Congress and will support the party,” he had said.
The Gujarat Kshatriya Thakor Sena has been criticised for allegedly leading the attacks against north Indian migrants following the rape of an infant in Sabarkantha. The attacks had led to mass exodus of migrants from the state.