“I Am With Congress,” States Hardik Patel Amid Exit Rumors

Gandhinagar: Amid the rumors of Gujarat Congress Working President Hardik Patel leaving congress, he attended a public meeting organised by the party. At the meeting insisted that he is still very much a party man.

Speaking with media at the Adivasi Satyagraha Rally in Dahod, Hardik Patel said, “Why will I not come to the event, I am working president of Congress. When central leadership comes, I will definitely come. I am very much in the Congress party.”

When he was questioned about his issue of disaffection with the state leadership before former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, he replied, “When central leadership is here, they will definitely speak to state leadership. And not just me, they will discuss other things as well.”

Last month, the Congress leader sparked speculation by removing the party’s name from his social media bio and replacing his photo with one of him wearing a saffron scarf.

Rubbishing the rumors of him leaving the party he said, “Everybody changes WhatsApp DP [display picture], sometimes with their wife, sometimes with their mom. I have just changed from working president to social and political activist, what is wrong with that? I am with Congress.”

On Patidar leader Naresh Patel’s recent meetings with the BJP, Hardik Patel said, “I will just say a decision should be taken by Naresh Patel soon. He is in talks with central leadership, so I won’t interfere, but he is wise man and should decide soon.”

When he was asked about Congress wooing the tribals, Hardik Patel said, “Congress has always stood with adivasi samaj. Today’s rally is to fight for the rights of adivasis and fight against atrocities on adivasis. In the 2017 elections, too, tribals voted for Congress.”

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