In a huge boost to Congress party’s poll prospects in Gujarat just before the crucial assembly polls, as many as 40 key office-bearers and 20,000 supporters of the Nationalist Congress Party on Sunday returned to their parent party.
They termed their decision as ghar wapasi. The Congress party’s Ashok Gehlot, who’s in-charge of Gujarat affairs, was present there along with the PCC president Bharat Singh Solanki.
Even though the NCP, an alliance partner of the Congress had allegedly voted for the BJP candidate during the just concluded Rajya Sabha polls, their ‘betrayal’ had not stopped the re-election of Ahmed Patel as the fifth-term MP. Patel, a master strategist, had managed to secured support from the Gujarat Parivartan Party, a BJP ally, and the JDU, also a partner of the saffron party.
Gujarat goes to polls in December this year and the Congress party is feeling upbeat about it poll prospects in light of huge anti-incumbency against the BJP, which has governed the state non-stop since 1995.
The state has just witnessed a huge health crisis amidst deaths of nearly 400 people due to Swine Flu. The powerful Patel community and Dalits both have fallen out with the BJP in the recent years because of alarming rise in atrocities against them under the current government.