2019 Lok Sabha elections: Gujarat’s Patidar leader Hardik Patel joins Congress

Ahmedabad: Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Tuesday joined Congress in presence of its president Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi and other top leaders are in Gujarat for a meeting of its working committee.

Hardik Patel’s outfit Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, which was at the forefront of agitation for reservation benefit in government jobs and college admissions, had declared its support to the Congress party in the local body elections in 2015 and assembly polls in 2017.

In 2015, the ruling BJP had called him an agent of the Congress since the beginning of the quota agitation.

Patel has indicated that he wants to contest the Lok Sabha election 2019 from the Jamnagar seat.

The Congress is focussing on Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, and had given a tough fight to the ruling party in the last assembly polls in the state.

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