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“Not in BJP yet”: Hardik Patel day after quitting Congress

Prime News, National (New Delhi), May 19:- Gujarat leader Hardik Patel, who quit the Congress yesterday, said he “is not in the BJP yet” and has not taken any decision on joining either the BJP or the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). In another outburst against the Congress, he said he had “wasted” three years in the party.

“I am not in the BJP yet and have not taken any decision to go,” Hardik Patel told reporters in Ahmedabad. But he kept speculation alive as he praised the BJP effusively on a range of subjects including the Ayodhya verdict and the scrapping of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Patidar leader quit the Congress on Wednesday with a stinging resignation letter targeting Rahul Gandhi, saying “top leaders” were distracted by their mobile phones and Gujarat Congress leaders were more interested in arranging chicken sandwiches for them.

BJP sources have talked about the 28-year-old leader joining the ruling party “within a week”. The sources also claim he has been in talks with the BJP for two months.

Responding to speculation that he was joining the BJP or AAP, Hardik Patel said: “I have not taken any decision as of now on joining any political party, be it the BJP or AAP. Whatever decision I will take, it will be in the interest of the people.”

Criticising the Congress, he said the party never spoke on “issues concerning Hindus”, such as the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) or on claims of a “Shivling” found at the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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