After days of "will he, won't he", fiery Gujarat politician Alpesh Thakor quit the Congress today, delivering a big blow to the party just a day before the start of the national election.
The outspoken lawmaker, a prominent OBC (Other Backward Classes) leader in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, had joined the Congress just before the 2017 Gujarat election.
There was speculation that Alpesh Thakor was unhappy with the party's Gujarat leadership as he did not get a seat of his choice. There were also reports that the 43-year-old was in discussions to cross over to the BJP. He denied it today.
Alpesh Thakor reportedly wanted to contest from the Patan parliamentary constituency but the Congress chose former MP Jagdish Thakor.
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