Former Congress Leader Hardik Patel Joins BJP

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New Delhi: Former Congress leader Hardik Patel on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gandhinagar.

“With the feelings of national interest, state interest, public interest and social interest, I am going to start a new chapter from today. I will work as a small soldier in the noble work of service to the nation under the leadership of the successful Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi,” Hardik wrote in Hindi.

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Patel, 28, who led the Patidar quota agitation in 2015, had joined the Congress in 2019. He was made the Congress’ Gujarat unit working president in 2020.

He resigned from that party on May 18 after claiming in a letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that the party ‘only played to the role of a roadblock’ over certain key issues in the country and was ‘merely reduced to opposing everything’.

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