In a sensational turn of events, Hardik Patel’s former aide Dinesh Bambhania claimed on Tuesday that the Patidar quota agitation leader had met Robert Vadra, Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law.
While addressing the media, he said,
"Despite being asked by PAAS leaders several times, Hardik never revealed what transpired in that meeting with Rahul Gandhi. Hardik even met Robert Vadra in Delhi. Yet, there is no explanation about it. Was there any secret deal with Vadra?"
Bambhania said Patel should explain what transpired at these meetings with Gandhi and Vadra
He also accused Patel of "misleading" the core members of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), which spearheaded the quota agitation, about his "secret meeting" with Gandhi at a five-star hotel in October. Both the Congress and Patel had denied the meeting.
Ninety-three constituencies in 14 districts of North and Central Gujarat will go to polls on December 14 in the second phase of elections.
(With inputs from PTI)