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Hardik Patel join to Congress

Hardik Patel 


Hardik Patel likely to join Congress 

"Hardik will join Congress on March 12 when Rahul Gandhi will be in Gujarat. Hardik will be inducted into the party at a rally in Ahmedabad. PAAS gave its permission to Hardik to join the party today," core committee member Geeta Patel said. 

The announcement came after the Samiti's core committee meeting in Rajkot. Hardik Patel is the convenor of PAAS. 

Hardik Patel, who is facing sedition charges and currently out on bail, had announced he would fight the coming Lok Sabha election from Gujarat.

"Hardik may fight the election from Amreli, Mehsana or Jamnagar seat. However, nothing has been finalised yet. Since he will be joining the Congress, it is the party that will take a final call about the seat," Geeta Patel said. 


Congress has announced that Gandhi and other senior leaders will be in Ahmedabad on March 12 for the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting and a public rally. 

Mr Patel, 25, had last week made his intention to contest Lok Sabha elections from Gujarat's Jamnagar constituency. The Jamnagar Lok Sabha seat is currently represented by Poonamben Maadam of the BJP.

The CWC meeting, which was earlier scheduled to take place on Feb 28, had been postponed in the wake of the IAF air strike in Pakistan's Balakot. 

"Mahatma Gandhi started Dandi March this day and said he (Mahatma Gandhi) will overthrow the British. I am joining the same Congress party which, in the past, has been led by Subhash Chandra Bose, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, the people who worked to strengthen our country," Hardik Patel said.

Hardik Patel had come into limelight for leading strident protests in Gujarat over his community's demand to get reservation in education and jobs. 

Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who shot to fame by spearheading a quota stir in Gujarat, today joined the Congress in the presence of Rahul Gandhi during the party's Working Committee meet in Ahmedabad.
Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel has said that he will join the Congress on March 12. He said he would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on the party's ticket from Gujarat's Jamnagar constituency. 

 "I will join the Congress party on March 12 during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet in Ahmedabad and will contest from Jamnagar," Mr Patel was quoted by news agency ANI.
Justifying his decision to enter active politics ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Hardik Patel said he could now work for the six crore people of Gujarat in a better way.
Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr 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 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 the BJP's charge of dynastic politics in the Congress, Mr Patel said there was nothing wrong if a politician's son wanted to be join the same field to serve people.
Hardik Patel had risen to prominence when he led an agitation by the Patidar community in 2015, demanding that the community should get benefits of the quota for backward castes.
He had backed the Congress in the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections in which the party gave a stiff competition to the BJP, winning 81 out of 182 assembly seats.
The Congress is eyeing the sizable Patidar votes for the upcoming polls to revive the party that had drawn a blank in the Lok sabha Election 2014.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party leader Priyanka Gandhi, who will be in Gujarat to attend the party's meeting, would welcome the leader into the party, the agency reported.
The Jamnagar Lok Sabha seat is currently represented by Poonamben Maadam of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Mr Patel had backed the Congress in the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections in which the party gave a stiff competition to the BJP, winning 81 out of 182 assembly seats.
The Congress eyes the sizable Patidar votes for the upcoming polls to revive the party that had drawn a blank in the 2014 general elections.
The BJP had won all 26 Lok Sabha seats in the previous elections.
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