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Gujarat: Ex-Congress MLA Asha Patel joins BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Asha Patel, who resigned as a MLA in a few days ago, joined the ruling BJP on Friday.

Patel and some of her supporters were inducted into the BJP at the party's 'Cluster Sammelan' in Patan in north in the presence of and Minister

Rubbishing charges that Patel joined the BJP as part of a "deal", Vaghani said she quit the due to in-fighting.

"We welcome Ashaben in our party. There is no question of any deal between the BJP and her. BJP never indulges in horse-trading. She has joined the BJP to serve the people in a better way," Vaghani told reporters after the function.

Patel, who resigned as an MLA and also quit the on February 2, was elected from Unjha seat of district in the 2017 Assembly polls.

She had defeated BJP veteran Naran Patel, who was also present at the induction ceremony.

Reacting to Patel's decision to switch sides just months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Congress said people will seek answers from her for disrespecting the mandate.

On Thursday, Patel held a meeting with her supporters and Patidar leaders at Unjha town. After the meeting, she had announced that her supporters and community leaders have asked her to join the ruling fold.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 20:45 IST