Hardik joins Cong, but problems remain for Congress
The Congress Party is in a fix in Gujarat. It has already lost four of its MLAs to the BJP. These MLAs have resigned from the Congress Party and also the MLA posts. Thus the Congress strength in Gujarat assembly is depeted considerably. Several other MLAs are sulking. Among them is BC leader Alpesh Thakore. Alpesh, a firebrand young leader of the BCs is upset with the state Congress Party. Recently, there were reports that he too was planning to join the BJP.
Meanwhile, the Congress got Patidar leader Hardik Patel to join the party. The joy, however, was short-lived. Hardik Patel is facing serious criminal charges and a lower court has already pronounced him guilty and sentenced him to imprisonment. This means, he cannot contest elections.Â Â
Though he has managed to obtain a stay on the implementation of verdict, it could seriously mar his chances in the elections. Now, the Congress is in a fix whether to go ahead with Hardik or put him in cold storage.