Ahemdabad | Former Congress Gujarat MLA and prominent OBC leader Alpesh Thakor today joined the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
Thakor a former BJP MLA from Radhanpur constituency along with other former Congress MLA Dhaval Singh Zala joined BJP in presence of Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani.
Ahmedabad: Alpesh Thakor & Dhaval Singh Zala join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of Gujarat BJP President, Jitu Vaghani. pic.twitter.com/qgcHc6RvwT
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Thakor had joined the Congress party before 2017 state assembly election, however, he resigned from the party in April 2019. The rift between Thakor and Congress party arised when the party nominated former MP Jagdish Thakor from the Patan Lok Sabha seat, a seat where the OBC leader was keen to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha seat.
Earlier in June 2019 he also resigned as Congress MLA stating that he was insulted by the Congress leadership. Speaking to media after the Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat assembly, Thakur said,” I joined Congress trusting Rahul Gandhi, but unfortunately he did nothing for us. We were insulted again & again. So, I have resigned from the post of Congress MLA.”