Cong, BJP trade charges after Patidaar leader’s allegations

SansadTV Bureau

The ruling BJP and Congress are tangled in a war of words after Patidaar leader Narendra Patel, who was associated with Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), claimed that BJP offered him Rs 1 crore to switch loyalties.

While the Congress attacked BJP and demanded a high-level probe into the allegations made by Patidaar community leader, the ruling party has strongly rubbished the charges.

On Sunday evening, Narendra Patel announced, in the presence of state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani, that he was joining the party. But few hours later, he called a press conference to allege that he was offered Rs 1 crore to go to the ruling party.

Reacting to the allegations, the BJP claimed it was a “drama” staged at the behest of the Congress.

“All these allegations are false. It was a drama (enacted) by Narendra Patel at the behest of Congress. He voluntarily came to us to join the BJP and then took a u-turn within hours. It proves that everything was pre-planned,” Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said today.

Narendra Patel’s accusations came a day after two of Hardik Patel’s key aides and prominent faces of the agitation — Varun Patel and Reshma Patel — joined the BJP, alleging that the quota agitation spearhead had become a “Congress agent” and was trying to use it to overthrow the present state government.

Last week, state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki had invited Hardik Patel to join the party.

Taking on the ruling party, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said “Gujarat is priceless. It has never been been bought. It can never be bought. It will never be bought,” on twitter.

(With inputs from PTI)