New Delhi: Alpesh Thakor has resigned from the Congress. Besides Thakor, two other Congress MLAs from Gujarat have quit the party.
Dhawal Singh Thakore and Bharatji Thakor left the Congress on Wednesday. After he resigned from the Congress, Alpesh was asked if he would join the BJP. He said he wasn’t not going to the BJP. “My two fellow MLAs will complete their five-year term,” he said.
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Founded by MLA Alpesh Thakor, the Gujarat Kshatriya Thakor Sena (GKTS) had earlier demanded clarity over its relationship with the Congress. It had asked the founder MLA to resign from the Congress and clarify his stand within 24 hours.
There was speculation that Alpesh Thakor could leave 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 the 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 the meeting.
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.