Will support Congress, if it supports Patidar causes: Hardik Patel

Not to be left behind in the race for Gujarat, the Congress appealed to Patidar leader Hardik Patel to join forces with the party against the BJP. If Rahul Gandhi declares that he will give OBC reservation to the Patidar people, we are ready to join Congress.

"The movement was for reservation, not for removing BJP and bringing Congress to power". Thakor announced his decision after conducting a meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and said he and his supporters will officially join Congress on 23rd in a rally which will be attended by Mr Gandhi himself. "We want to invite the important factors in Gujarat these days - Hardik, Alpesh and Jignesh - to come and join us in our endeavour to throw out the BJP", said Bharatsinh Solanki, Gujarat Congress chief.

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Hardik Patel then said that it's "not the Congress, but six crore Gujaratis who will fight against the BJP".

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is heading his party's poll campaign in Gujarat.

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Varun Patel and Reshma Patel were among the prominent faces of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and remained critical of the ruling BJP during the agitation. "Whether I will contest the polls for Congress or join the party will be jointly decided by Dalit organisations and leaders in the state". Hardik Patel has been working as an agent of Congress. BJP has accepted three of our demands so we should be in their support. Congress was "hopeful" that AAP could join hands with them before the polls.

The two MLAs of NCP, which so far has contested assembly elections in the state in alliance with the Congress, had voted for the BJP in the August RS elections. Just as the Congress seemed to have moved a step closer to establish a mega front against the BJP by securing support of the influential leader of the Patidar commuity Hardik Patel, the saffronites struck back by snatching away Mr Patel's key aides - Varun Patel and Reshma Patel. Technically, Hardik Patel can not contest elections as he is underage. I will fight till I have this support. She added that they had not been fighting for the victory of the Congress party.

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