Patel power: How one community can swing fine political balance in Gujarat – Business Standard

Hardik Patel | Gujarat | Congress
Radhika Ramaseshan

A day after Hardik Patel, the Congress’ working president in Gujarat, quit the party just six months before the Assembly elections, without indicating his plans — whether he intended to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — the brass in Ahmedabad, including central minder Raghu Sharma, state president Jagdish Thakor, and Opposition leader Sukhram Rathva, called on Naresh Patel at his farmhouse for an ‘important’ meeting. It was as though the sought to recompense the loss of one Patel with another, except that Naresh is a political neophyte, although his father, Ravji Patel, was a Congressman.
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