Hardik Patel to join BJP: Patidar leader of Gujarat and former working president of Gujarat unit of Congress Hardik Patel will join Bharatiya Janata Party on June 2. He confirmed this while talking to news agency ANI. Recently he had resigned from the Congress party and since then there was speculation that he would join BJP. During the Patidar movement, Hardik Patel even called Home Minister Amit Shah “General Dyer”.
Hardik Patel started targeting the party after leaving Congress. He had said that Congress has been hurting the sentiments of Hindus and Congress had opposed Ram Mandir. He tweeted and wrote, “I had said earlier also that the Congress party works to hurt the sentiments of the people. Always try to harm the faith of Hinduism. Today the former Union Minister and Gujarat Congress leader made a statement that dogs urinate on the bricks of Ram temple.”
Hardik Patel also targeted Congress for opposing Ram temple. He tweeted and wrote, “I want to ask Congress and its leaders what enmity you have with Lord Shri Ram? Why hate Hindus so much? After centuries, a temple of Lord Shri Ram is also being built in Ayodhya, yet the Congress leaders keep making statements against Lord Shri Ram.”
Congress leader took a jibe by sharing the tweet
Hardik Patel led the Patidar movement in 2015. Patidar movement is the movement which was for Patidar community to get OBC status in government jobs and elsewhere in Gujarat. Due to this agitation in the 2017 assembly elections, BJP also suffered losses and seats were also reduced.
Hardik Patel to join BJP on June 2
At least 30 FIRs have been registered against Hardik Patel between 2015 and 2018. Of these, 7 cases were registered in 2015. These cases have been registered for rioting and sedition during the agitation in Gujarat, demanding quota for government jobs and education to the Patidar community. At the same time, according to Hardik Patel, 23 cases are going on against him.
At present, 11 cases are going on against Hardik Patel, in which he is facing court proceedings. Two cases pertain to treason. The remaining cases have either been withdrawn by the state or dismissed by the Gujarat High Court, or no proceedings have been initiated.
During the agitation, Hardik Patel used to call the then BJP President Amit Shah as General Dyer. Hardik also accepted this while giving an interview to ABP News a few days back. He clarified that then he was not the Home Minister, but the President of the party. Hardik Patel said that after becoming the Home Minister, when he took decisions on CAA, Article 370, then I had a change of heart.