It is interesting to note here that it was Narendra Patel who had got Hardik Patel and his close aide Dinesh Bambhania arrested after he alleged that the duo had assaulted him and his companion at a Patan hotel a few months back. Patel had later withdrawn the claims.
---OBC leader Alpesh Thakor to join Congress today
-- Congress trying to rope in Hardik Patel-Jignesh Mevani-Alpesh Thakor for Gujarat elections
---Hardik Patel not meeting Rahul Gandhi today
Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is in Gujarat today (a day after PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service), has been going all out to woo Patidars. He has even invited Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to meet him today at the state capital Gandhinagar at a rally. While Thakor is likely to officially announce him joining the Congress at the rally, Patel has so far turned down the invitation saying he is busy.
Other Backward Classes (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakor will join the Congress. The Congress is trying to pull off a coup whereby it wants to have the three youth leaders in Gujarat (with mass following) - Patel, Mevani and Thakor to either contest the assembly elections
on Congress ticket or at least extend support to the Congress from outside.