A day after meeting Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patil indicating his intention to join BJP, Gujarat MLA and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor today given a jolt to Congress stating that as many as 15 Congress MLAs in the state are ready to leave the party.
Thakor, who left the Congress party ahead of Lok Sabha polls said that, “It was our decision and the voice of my conscience that we don’t want to be here. We want to work for our people and the poor with the help of the government. Wait and watch, more than 15 MLAs are leaving Congress, everyone is distressed. More than half of the MLAs are upset.”
Thakor had resigned from all party posts he held and while resigning, he had alleged that he was betrayed and discriminated against. Thakor, who also heads Thakor Sena, a community outfit, was Congress secretary in-charge of Bihar and was a member of all key committees of the Gujarat Congress for the Lok Sabha polls.
The Congress had also approached the Gujarat Assembly secretariat, seeking Thakor’s expulsion as a legislator for his “anti-party activities”.
However, this is not the first time that the possibility of Thakor joining the BJP has been discussed. Earlier this year, way before he officially quit the Congress, Thakor had had to explain that he was not shifting to the saffron party though he was upset with his party.