Ahmedabad: At a public meeting in Mandal in North Gujarat, Patel said, “If BJP is a mahachor, the Congress is a chor. And if a chor’s help is needed to trounce a mahachor, we will do that also.”
“But have patience. Do not support (Congress) just now,” Patel said addressing a public rally at Mandal in north Gujarat, where he reached a couple of hours late on Monday night.
He also confirmed that he was present at a luxury hotel in Ahmedabad at the same time when the Congress’ vice president Rahul Gandhi checked into the premises but said he did not meet him amid swirling speculations they spoke to each other.
Local television channels ran close-circuit television (CCTV) footage, that showed Patel entering the Ummed Hotel late on Sunday night, and leaving through the back door in a brand new car without a registration plate at around 4pm the next day. Gandhi arrived at the same establishment around 1pm on Monday.
Patel said “After the Congress’s invite, I reached the hotel on Sunday at 3am. I met their (Congress) Gujarat in-charge (Gehlot). As it was too late, I decided to stay back at the hotel … But they (Bharatiya Janata Party) got the CCTV camera clips leaked because everything here (in Gujarat) is their (BJP) property.”
में राहुल गांधी जी से नहीं मिला लेकिन जब मिलूँगा पूरे हिंदुस्तान को बता के जाऊँगा !! उनके अगले गुजरात दौरें पर हम मिलेंगे !! भारत माता की जय
— Hardik Patel (@HardikPatel_) October 24, 2017
He also stated that he couldn’t come out of the hotel earlier because of media presence .
“I had not met Rahul Gandhi but the media would have claimed otherwise. But I did not meet (Pakistan’s Nawaz) Sharif at midnight like (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi,” he added.
Gujarat Congress in-charge Ashok Gehlot confirmed he met Patel but said Gandhi was not present during their meeting.Gehlot on Twitter also took a dig on Gujarat government for leaking the CCTV footage .
“I met Hardik and Jignesh in Ummed Hotel. IB, Police are chckng hotel rooms. @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji Wat is happening in Gandhiji’s Gujarat? …The rooms which hv been booked in my name are being checked. We are openly saying, we have met them n will keep meeting them in future too (sic),” he said in a tweet.
Gehlot tweeted, “Is the right to privacy, sole proprietorship of Jay Shah?” He later tweeted, “Are Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani criminals or absconders? If that is so, BJP must clear its stand.”
Gehlot asked, “When they (Hardik and Jignesh) met BJP leaders, then their offices were not checked. Why is it being done now?”
24 year old Hardik Patel is face of patiadar agitation demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions .Influential Patiadar community are old supporters of BJP but many have supported Patel’s agitation .While senior Patidar leaders and religious organisations have accepted the BJP’s initiative to form the Non Reserved Category Educational and Economic Development Board and Commission against their demand of an OBC status, Patel has maintained that the agitation for the status would continue.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) October 23, 2017
With upcoming elections in sight Congress had invited had invited three young community representatives – OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani and Patel – for talks with Gandhi during his visit to poll-bound Gujarat. While Thakor officially joined the Congress at a rally held in Gandhinagar,Mewani gave the event a miss.Thakor officially joined Congress at a rally in Gandhinagar .
Congress offered tickets to all the three youth leaders but Patel said he has no intention of contesting the polls. Two of Patel’s key PAAS aides, Varun Patel and Reshma Patel, officially joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party – the party against whom Hardik Patel has been actively campaigning for the past year.
On Sunday, PAAS leader Narendra Patel added to the drama by claiming that the BJP had offered him Rs 1 crore to leave Hardik Patel’s movement and join BJP which the party dismissed as conspiracy .
Source : Hindustan Times