Hardik Patel quits Congress, says party works against national interest, Hardik Patel, the Gujarat Congress working president and a Patidar leader, quit the party on Wednesday, accusing the leadership of “working against national and social good and for pursuing a politics of disruption and negativity.”
Patel said the people in the state have rejected the Congress because it has not been able to give even a “basic blueprint” to them in his resignation letter, which he posted on Twitter.
According to Hardik Patel Congress leaders have been more concerned with their phones than with the state’s problems.
“Whenever the country needed Congress leadership the most, its leader was abroad,” said Patel. Patel also said that the country had long wanted solutions to issues of Ram Mandir, Article 370, CAA-NRC and GST but the Congress “only created hurdles in the way of these decisions focusing its entire politics on opposition of the ruling government at the centre.”
“With its attitude of hatred for Gujarat and Gujaratis, and its attempts to diminish concerns of the state,” he said, the Congress cannot expect people’s support in the upcoming elections. On the eve of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Patel joined the Congress. He resigned months before the state’s election.
The departure is a major setback for the Congress in Gujarat, where the party is grappling with the AAP’s rise. Former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar has announced his resignation from the party.