BJP candidate in Gujarat elections and youth leader of Patidar community Hardik Patel said that his former party Congress does not have any vision for Gujarat. “Rahul Gandhi is busy in his ‘Bharat Jodi Yatra’ in the south,” he said. “The Congress never stops anyone from leaving,” he said. Hardik said the Congress does not need Gujaratis.
Hardik Patel, who recently joined the ruling BJP after quitting as working president of the Gujarat Congress, denied that the fear of going to jail in pending cases, including some in the Patidar quota agitation, made him switch sides. “I still have 32 cases against me. If you think that joining any party will give me relief, it is not so. Law and courts are independent,” he said.
According to NDTV, Hardik Patel further said, “I had to take a decision as the Congress was constantly speaking against Gujaratis. I told them not to speak against traders. If you don’t take a stand on issues related to the people of Gujarat , then how will they like you?”
He said no one tried to stop him when he was leaving the Congress. He said, “The Congress does not need hardworking people like us. It only wants sycophants.” He denied that changing party meant changing his ideology. He said, “What is ideology? Nothing but the spirit of public service. This is my ideology from the beginning.” He claimed that there is anger among the people against the Congress. There is no anti-incumbency wave against the BJP government for 27 consecutive years.
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