Ahmedabad: An activist of the Hardik Patel- led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) has claimed the BJP offered him Rs 1 crore to switch loyalties, a charge rubbished by Gujarat’s ruling party. In a dramatic turn of events, North Gujarat PAAS convener Narendra Patel announced in the presence of state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani on Sunday evening that he was joining the party. But a couple of hours later, he called a press conference to allege that he was offered Rs 1 crore to go to the ruling party but would never betray his community.
At the press conference, Narendra Patel showed Rs 10 lakh cash to mediapersons, claiming it was given to him as “advance” by former PAAS leader Varun Patel, who had joined the BJP on Saturday. He alleged that the ‘entire deal was brokered by Varun’. “He told me that I will get Rs 1 crore. After meeting Vaghani at his house, I was taken to the state BJP headquarters on Sunday night where I was given Rs 10 lakh as advance by Varun. I was told that I will get the remaining Rs 90 lakh on Monday during a BJP function,” Patel
He said he followed Varun’s instruction and joined the BJP just to ‘expose’ the party. “I can never betray my community. The BJP can’t buy me and my loyalty for the Patidar community,” he said. Narendra Patel’s accusations came a day after two of Hardik Patel’s key aides - Varun Patel and Reshma Patel - joined the BJP, alleging that the quota agitation spearhead had become a ‘Congress agent’ and was trying to use it to overthrow the present state government.
‘GST is Gabbar Singh Tax’
Gandhinagar: The Congress got a boost with OBC leader Alpesh Thakore joining it in the presence of party Vice President Rahul Gandhi who attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetisation and GST, calling it a ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ that has ruined India’s economy.
Gandhi also asked Modi to break his silence on BJP President Amit Shah’s son Jay whose business fortunes allegedly sky-rocketed after the NDA came to power. Addressing a gathering of thousands of supporters of young OBC leader Thakore who heads Thakore Sena, the Congress leader alleged that the BJP had tried to buy ‘priceless’ voices of Gujaratis and said it won’t succeed.
“What happened on November 8? Modiji came on television and said I don’t like Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. So I have decided to spike them from that midnight. And by doing that he attacked the whole country by one stroke.
“For the first two three days days he too did not understand what has happened. And in a concert in Mumbai he announced ‘I have done this’. But after five-six days he realised he made a mistake. Then again he appeared on television and said if I don’t end the menace of black money by December 30 then hang me.”
Gandhi then asked farmers in the crowd if they buy seeds and fertilizers from their mobile phones and with cheques. The crowd replied with a loud ‘No’.
“GST was our thinking. We brought it, it was a thought of single tax of 18 per cent across the nation with less forms to be filled.” He also took a dig at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for rejecting Congress recommendation of cutting tax slabs.
“But they said that they will do it in the same way they did it with demonetisation with all celebrations at midnight. Now there is a GST with 28 per cent tax and three return forms.