Patidar Reservation spearhead Hardik Patel is set to join the Congress before the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
Hardik Patel is expected to join the Congress in the presence of party chief Rahul Gandhi. It is learnt that along with Patel, five other members of the PAAS core group of the nine, would also join the Congress.
In 2017, Gujarat Congress President Bharatsinh Solanki had said that his party would offer a ticket to Hardik if he decides to take the political plunge.
Top Congress sources told leading news agency that Hardik Patel is likely to join the party on March 12. “He is likely to contest the election from Jamnagar constituency,” they said.
Hardik Patel’s entry into Congress is set to coincide with the Congress Working Committee or CWC meeting in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat Congress leaders said that the party is focusing on Gujarat, the home state of PM Modi, and is expected to perform much better than the 2014 Lok Sabha poll. It may be recalled that the Congress had given a tough fight to the ruling BJP in the 2018 assembly elections in the state.
On February 6, Hardik Patel had announced at a rally in Lucknow that he will contest the upcoming General Election.