Alpesh Thakor, Dhavalsinh Zala join BJP in Gujarat

Zala, a close associate of Thakor, was the MLA from Bayad in Sabarkantha district. He had said he was not feeling comfortable in the opposition party.

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Alpesh Thakor, Zala

Gandhinagar: Former Congress legislators Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Zala joined the BJP in Gujarat on Thursday.

Thakur and Zala joined the ruling party at a function held in its headquarters here in the presence of Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani.

Thakor and Zala resigned as MLAs on 5 July, apparently after voting against Congress candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-election.

Thakore, the 43-year-old ex-MLA from Radhanpur in Patan district, had said earlier that he was unhappy in the Congress which he had joined in 2017 just ahead of the assembly polls that year.

Zala, a close associate of Thakor, was the MLA from Bayad in Sabarkantha district. He had said he was not feeling comfortable in the opposition party.

Thakor resigned from all posts in the Congress in April just before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the state, where the BJP won all the 26 parliamentary seats for the second time in a row. However, he had continued as MLA.

There was speculation since April that Alpesh Thakor could leave the Congress because he was unhappy with the local party leadership. He wanted to contest from the Patan Lok Sabha seat, but the Congress instead preferred former MP Jagdish Thakor.

The Congress had ignored the demands of the GKTS to give a ticket to a member of the smaller partner for the Sabarkantha Lok Sabha seat. Jagat Thakore, a member of the GKTS, told reporters here, “During the meeting of the core committee here on Tuesday night, the GKTS passed a resolution to break its ties with the Congress. Before making the decision, we did not consult with Alpesh Thakor.”

Jagat Thakor had said, “After the meeting, we asked him to clarify his stand within 24 hours. If he still wants to stay in Congress, he will have to leave the GKTS. And if he wants to live with us, he will have to resign from the Congress and the legislature. ”

Jagat said that the Congress was “ignoring” the GKTS while taking important decisions, including the selection of candidates for Lok Sabha elections.

The chief of the GKTS was not present at that meeting in April.

After emerging as a leading OBC leader in Gujarat, Alpesh had joined the Congress before the 2017 Assembly election. He won the election from the Radhanpur seat of Patan. The OBC leader claimed that his community and supporters were “duped” and they felt “neglected”. Alpesh could not be reached for comment.