Ahmedabad: Gujarat Congress leader Hardik Patel on Monday rubbished speculations that he would join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying he has no such plans. Talking to the media, Patel, the working president of Congress Committee in the state, said that if rival parties do something commendable, then we have to see that too. He further said that there are many youths who want to work for the party, adding that their only demand is that such youth should be given a proper place in the oldest party of the country.
He said, “There are many youths who want to work for the party and help it to flourish. My only demand is that such youths should be given a good place in the party. And I express this opinion openly. Am.”
Hardik Patel had openly praised BJP
Let us tell you that Hardik Patel did not mention Congress on his WhatsApp bio recently, apart from this he also changed his display picture in which he was seen wearing a saffron shawl. Earlier, Patel had come into the limelight for expressing displeasure over the ‘working style’ of the Gujarat Congress. Then he also claimed that he was being sidelined in the state and the leadership was not ready to use his skills.
He also openly praised the ruling-BJP party, praising the party’s “good, strong base” and decision-making ability. He said that “we have to accept that the recent political decisions taken by the BJP show that it has the ability to take better political decisions. I believe we can at least accept the truth. If If Congress wants to become strong, it has to improve its decision-making ability.”
Three years after joining the Congress, Patel had recently said that he was ‘keeping his options open’. However, he later clarified on Twitter that he was not joining any other party. “I am not angry with Rahul Gandhi. The local leadership and (Gujarat) in-charge are ignoring thousands of party loyalists like me, which may spoil the future of Congress and Gujarat,” he said.
But in a statement on Monday, the young Patidar leader said, “People will talk. I admired Joe Biden when he won the US election and made an Indian-origin vice president. Does that mean I join his party?” If the opponent does something commendable, he needs to see that too.”
first published:April 25, 2022, 4:56 p.m.