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Days after resigning, Congress MLA Asha Patel joins BJP in Gujarat

IANS  |  Ahmedabad 

In a setback to the Congress, its on Friday joined the less than a week after quitting as MLA and the party.

A first-time MLA, 40-year-old emerged a giant killer in the 2017 elections defeating a veteran Narayan Lallu Patel, 80, from the Unjha constituency in district.

Narendra Modi's home town Vadnagar falls in this constituency.

She joined the at a function in Patan town in North Gujarat along with 15 corporators from the district. State BJP welcomed her with a saffron scarf.

Patel had resigned on Saturday expressing her displeasure with the stating that state leadership ignored her aspirations and there was no coordination between the elected wing and the party organization.

In a letter to Rahul Gandhi, she criticised Gandhi's leadership while praising for his government's move of providing 10 per cent reservation to the poor in the general category, including her caste of Patidars (Patels).

told reporters after quitting that she felt "suffocated and insulted" in as it entirely ignored the issues she had raised.

"My respect was never maintained in the Congress and the public issues I raised were never listened. may be a good person, but he and others down the chain of command failed to understand the people's sentiments," she said.

A PhD, Patel is a good orator and would often put the ruling BJP on the mat during assembly sessions, especially on issues of women and education.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 22:52 IST
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