New Delhi: Hardik Patel, who quit the Congress just ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, has accused the old party of continuously “abusing” the country’s top industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani. Hardik said that these industrialists have worked hard and they cannot be targeted just because the Prime Minister’s home state is from Gujarat.
Hardik was quoted as saying, “A businessman rises through his hard work. You can’t abuse Adani or Ambani every time. If the PM is from Gujarat, why take out your anger on Ambani and Adani about this? It’s just There is a way to mislead people.”
‘Feeling neglected in Congress’
Hardik said that he decided to resign from the Congress, as he felt that he had been ‘ignored’. Saying that he ‘wasted three years of his political career in Congress,’ he said, “I am thankful to Congress for making me the working president of Gujarat. But what is the use when you are not given any work? I didn’t get a chance to work…the party didn’t give me any work.”
“When Rahul comes to Gujarat, he did not talk about the problems of the people of Gujarat. Party leaders were busy arranging chicken sandwiches and diet coke for Rahul Gandhi. There is a discussion in the party that people will vote for Congress when they get bored with other party.
The 28-year-old Patidar leader said, “I have decided to quit the party not with sadness but with courage.”
“It is not only Hardik who is angry with Congress” in Gujarat, he said. There are many leaders and MLAs in Gujarat who use only Congress. Sitting in power and praising the party does not mean that the party will make him the chief minister.” He said Gujarat Congress leaders tried to obstruct his political efforts by “sitting in AC rooms”.
Hardik Patel came into limelight after leading the Patidar reservation movement in 2015. Hardik joined the Congress in 2019 despite his public promise not to enter politics. He was appointed as working president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) in July 2020.
Hardik’s resignation from the Congress has now triggered discussions in the political fraternity whether he will join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ahead of the assembly elections due later in the year. will accompany. If sources are to be believed, Hardik is in touch with senior BJP functionaries in the state and he may join the saffron party in a week.
first published:May 20, 2022, 9:44 am