"I am very happy that Mr Thakor had a meeting with our vice president and agreed to join the Congress party".
"Rahul Gandhi would be coming to our rally on October 23, and I will join the Congress party", Alpesh told reporters here. "Unemployment is a huge problem with lakhs of youngsters without jobs, more than 74,000 farmers are neck deep in debt, illicit liquor flows freely in the state despite prohibition and education and health sectors are in a total mess", Thakor said, adding, "Me, Hardik Patel and Jignesh are all going to join hands with the Congress party to defeat the BJP".
Hardik Patel also announced that he was "against the BJP" and "will extend issue-based support to the Congress". The state will go to polls later this year. "We are also ready to give him a ticket if he wants to fight elections in the future", Solanki said.
Along with Solanki, the party's Gujarat in-charge, Ashok Gehlot, too attended the meeting of Thakor with Rahul.
With the Congress hoping for OBC consolidation in its favour in Gujarat and Karnataka, the BJP is likely to play up the opposition party's decision to stall the Modi government's OBC commission bill in Parliament to counter it in the two poll-bound states.
Calling Hardik a youth leader, Solanki said that the Congress was open to him contesting elections from its platform.
Meanwhile, the move gains significance as the Congress and the BJP have been trying woo Patidars ahead of polls.NYOOOZ TV Videos - Dedicated to bringing you the latest and best in politics, sports, current affairs and entertainment world.
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. However, Patel on Saturday turned down the Congress' invitation to fight the Gujarat Assembly election jointly, saying the polls were not a BJP-Congress fight. The proposed front could rattle the BJP as all these three leaders represent three different powerful communities - Patidar, OBC and Dalit. The Congress also invited like-minded parties and leaders including Aam Aadmi Party and Chhotu Vasava, a tribal deader and JD (U) MLA close to Sharad Yadav.