New Delhi: Gujarat’s Patidar community leader Hardik Patel is reportedly poised to join the Congress and contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Jamnagar. (Also read: We Don’t Operate as Per PM’s Schedule, Says EC)
Media reports quoted sources within the Congress as saying that Patel was likely to join the party in the presence of Congress President Rahul Gandhi on March 12. Patel has led the movement for reservation for the Patidar community in Gujarat.
Currently, the Jamnagar Lok Sabha seat is held by Bharatiya Janata Party’s Poonamben Maadam MP. Patel will reportedly be inducted in the party at the Congress Working Committee meeting in Ahmedabad.
Sources told media that top party leaders will also address a public meeting later. Gujarat is crucial for the Congress as it is also the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is currently under the BJP’s Vijay Rupani.
Earlier reports had Patel hinting at wading the political waters. At a rally in Lucknow earlier this month, Patel said that he will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Though Patel did not announce the name of the seat from where he will contest the election, then it was felt he might pick either Amreli or Mehsana – both in Gujarat.
It is interesting to note that when the Congress wrested power from the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in December 2018 Assembly elections, Patel had raised doubts over the EVM, hinting at tampering with the equipment.
He had said that late-night results from MP did raise doubts.