We EXCLUSIVELY reported on Saturday how in a significant development, Gujarat BJP MLA, Nalin Kotadiya, had met Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal in Gujarat, where the latter was on a visit to the state.
Kotadiya had held talks with Kejriwal at Rajkot Circuit House. One close aide of AAP leader said that the BJP MLA may join AAP soon.
Now the Aam Aadmi Party has officially confirmed the jantakareporter.com news.
Speaking to Indian Express, AAP’s Gujarat convener Kanu Kalsariya said, “Both Kotadiya and Oza said they were pleased with the functioning of AAP in Delhi, Punjab and Gujarat and that they were attracted towards the party. They also told Kejriwal how the present state government was suppressing dissent. Kotadiya said he would meet Kejriwal again in a couple of months. Oza said he has already become an AAP worker mentally and will soon decide a date to join the party.”
This development is the first big jolt to the ruling BJP in the state, where it has been in power for nearly 15 years.
One AAP leader accompanying Kejriwal claimed that many BJP and Congress MLAs particularly from north Gujarat were in touch Kejriwal.
Among the BJP MLAs are predominantly those belonging to Patidar community, which hs been agitating over reservation.
Former BJP MLA Yatin Oza has already announced his intention to join AAP.
Patidars were believed to have thought of forming their own political outfit ahead of next year’s elections, but are now seriously considering joining AAP in a bid to oust the BJP government.
Kejriwal, who hasn’t made up his mind over whether to contest elections in Gujarat, may take a call after measuring the level of support he receives these MLAs.