Congress wants 'big three' in Gujarat alliance

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If Rahul Gandhi declares that he will give OBC reservation to the Patidar people, we are ready to join Congress.

The 14th legislative assembly election in Gujarat is to be held by the end of 2017 as the term of 13th assembly ends on January 22, 2018. "Unemployment is a huge problem with lakhs of youngsters without jobs, more than 74,000 farmers are neck deep in debt, illicit liquor flows freely in the state despite prohibition and education and health sectors are in a total mess", Thakore told reporters.

The development came yesterday hours after state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki invited Hardik Patel to join hands with the party.

Two leaders from the Patidar community in Gujarat, Reshma Patel, and Varun Patel have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Quota spearhead Hardik Patel's key aides - Varun Patel and Reshma Patel - have joined the ruling BJP in poll-bound Gujarat in a dramatic turn of events. Hardik Patel has been working as an agent of Congress. BJP has accepted three of our demands so we should be in their support. "Our agitation was about getting reservation under the OBC quota, not about uprooting the BJP and bringing the Congress to power". The state will go to polls later this year.

However, having said that, it is also clear that Congress is acquiring great support from the OBC community and the Dalit.

Along with Solanki, the party's Gujarat in-charge, Ashok Gehlot, too attended the meeting of Thakor with Rahul.

Meanwhile, BJP also attempted to set its caste equation in order with two Patidar leaders, Varun Patel and Reshma Patel joining the party after meeting party chief Amit Shah. I can not contest elections myself because of constitutional provisions, nor do I want.

After the recent Rajya Sabha where Congress leader Ahmed Patel barely scraped through, the party had shut its doors on an alliance with the NCP.

Further the Congress will also reach out to Jignesh Mevani, the Dalit rights campaigner. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be in Gujarat on October 23 where Mr Thakor is expected to join the party.

"Chhotu Vasava (JD-U MLA) had supported Congress in the Rajya Sabha election". She added that they had not been fighting for the victory of the Congress party. The Patidar community leader said that it was time for a BJP-mukt Gujarat.