New Delhi: Putting all speculation to rest, OBC leader and Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor on Saturday dismissed reports of joining Bharatiya Janata Party. Clarifying that he has no plans of switching over to the saffron party, Thakor, however admitted that he was upset with the Congress’ top leadership.

“I am going to continue to fight for my people. I will stay in Congress and continue to support the Congress,” said Thakor, Congress MLA from Radhanpur. Furthermore, Thakor revealed that he wanted to become a minister so that he could serve his people who were facing difficulties.

Earlier also he had rubbished the reports of him heading to the ruling BJP in Gujarat, saying,”All the rumours that are being spread about me are aimed at damaging my image.”

Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, when asked about Thakor’s induction in the BJP, said, “You should ask this to Alpesh Thakor.”

However, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel had said that doors of the BJP are open for anybody who wants to join the party. “We welcome everybody who wants to join us and follow the BJP ideology,” he said.

On the other, Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel had said that no Congress MLA will join the BJP. “I have confidence that none of our MLAs will join the BJP as they are ideologically close to Congress thinking. Even if somebody thinks of joining the BJP, I have only one advice, go and talk to former Congress MLAs who have joined the BJP,”

Who is Alpesh Thakor?

Thakor had emerged as a prominent OBC leader in Gujarat after the Patidar community, led by Hardik Patel, launched an agitation for reservation in jobs and education under the OBC category. Thakor had rallied OBC communities of Gujarat against the demand of the Patidar community.

Thakor had joined the Congress before the 2017 assembly elections along with his supporters and won from Radhanpur seat in Patan district.

However, his name was embroiled in the violence against migrant workers in Gujarat last year. The violence started when a minor girl of the Thakor community was allegedly raped by a migrant labourer. Gujarat had seen exodus of migrants from Hindi- speaking states after sporadic attacks on them after the rape incident.