Hardik Patel to join Congress, says Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti

He is expected to join the party on March 12.

Updated - March 07, 2019 09:50 pm IST

Published - March 07, 2019 09:10 pm IST - AHMEDABAD

Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel

Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel

Face of the Patidar quota agitation in Gujarat, Hardik Patel is set to take a plunge in the politics by joining Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Mr. Patel on Thursday given green signal to join Congress in a meeting of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) held in Rajkot district.

“The issue of Hardik’s joining politics was discussed and all members of the PAAS, which is the apex decision making body of the agitation, has given him go ahead to join Congress party,” PAAS member Geeta Patel said after the meeting.

His entry into the opposition party will likely take place on March 12 after the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting to be held in Ahmedabad.

After the meeting, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and others will address a public rally at Adalaj where the 25-year-old Mr. Patel is likely to be inducted into the party.

Meanwhile, amidst political buzz about his contesting Lok Sabha polls, the PAAS members said that Mr. Patel will take that call after joining the party.

“He is likely to contest the Lok Sabha polls but from where is yet to be decided,” a person close to Mr. Patel said.

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