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Former quota leader Reshma Patel joins AAP ahead of Gujarat assembly elections

Ahmedabad, 16 November (Agency)Reshma Patel, a former leader of the quota agitation demanding reservation in Gujarat, has joined the Aam Aadmi Party just a day after leaving the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Upset over not getting ticket for the state assembly polls, Reshma left the NCP and joined AAP. Voting for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will be done on December 8. AAP’s Rajya Sabha member and co-in-charge of Gujarat, Raghav Chadha, gave Patel primary membership of AAP at the party’s state office, noting that she had been a prominent face of the 2015 Patidar quota agitation in Gujarat. “I am sure a personality like him will benefit AAP and strengthen the party in Gujarat,” Chadha told reporters. Your political affairs committee will decide which candidate will contest from where. Patel joining AAP will not affect just one seat or one district but entire Gujarat. Patel said she has always raised the voice of the poor and downtrodden and now wants to devote her energy and time to a “party on which the future of Gujarat rests”. He said, ‘(AAP’s national coordinator) Arvind Kejriwal himself has also emerged from the movement. It means that he can understand the feelings of the protestors and that is why I am joining you today. I am confident that under the leadership of Kejriwal and with dedicated AAP workers, I will be able to increase my strength and work for the people. The NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) and the Congress (Indian National Congress) have recently announced a pre-poll alliance for the Gujarat Legislative Assembly, under which the Sharad Pawar-led party will contest three seats, Umreth (Anand district), Naroda (Ahmedabad) and Deogarh Garia (Dahod). District) will contest the election. Patel, who heads the NCP’s Mahila Morcha in Gujarat, wanted a ticket from the Gondal seat in Rajkot district as she was very active in the area, and had spoken of filing nominations from there a day before the alliance was announced. Reshma was an important face in the ‘Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS)’, the organizer of the reservation movement led by Hardik Patel. Reshma had joined the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) ahead of the December 2017 assembly elections in Gujarat, but switched to the NCP in 2019.

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