Ahmedabad: Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Tuesday joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Justifying his decision to enter active politics ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Patel said he could now work for the six crore people of Gujarat in a better way. After joining the Congress at its rally near Adalaj village in Gandhinagar district, Hardik in his address asked the gathering if it was the right decision. To this, the people said, “Yes”.
Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Patel said when the Congress decided to postpone its rally, earlier scheduled for February 28, following the terror attack in Pulwama last month, the PM was busy addressing gatherings across the country.
The 25-year-old Patidar leader praised Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress president is “honest”. “People ask me why I chose the Congress and Rahul Gandhi. I chose Rahul Gandhi because he is honest. He does not believe in working like a dictator,” he said.
On BJP’s charge of dynastic politics in the Congress, Patel said there was nothing wrong if a politician’s son wanted to join the same field to serve people. He asked the Congress cadres to get their act together to defeat the BJP in the next month’s Lok Sabha polls.
Earlier, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Congress Working Committee’s (CWC) key meeting and accused PM Modi of politicising the Pulwama terror attacks for electoral gains. “People of the country are getting victimised but PM Modi pretends to be the victim himself,” she reportedly said at the CWC meet.
Sonia’s statement comes in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Pulwama that claimed lives of CRPF personnel on February 14. 12 days after the attack, Indian Air Force carried out a pre-emptive strike in Balakot allegedly decimating biggest terror hideouts of JeM.