It appears that Gujarat Congress is facing an turmoil since Hardik Patel has joined the party. Sources have said that since the time Hardik Patel joined the party, the power tussle between Gujarat Congress leader Alpesh Thakor and the Patidar leader has spiked.
There had already been a tussle going on between Alpesh Thakor and Hardik Patel to be made the face of Congress outside Gujarat - particularly in Maharashtra and Bihar. Following the confirmation of Hardik Patel joining Congress is when Alpesh had starting holding his own position hostage in the Congress.
Thakor has been bargaining a lot with Congress after Patel entered the party, said sources.
He had been trying to negotiate a deal with the top leaders when he went to Delhi amid rumours of him joining the BJP, the sources added. He had been trying to negotiate a post of being made in charge for Maharashtra as well. He had expressed wanting to be given a ticket for Patan. He had also asked for a ticket for his wife too, sources said.
On March 9, following weeks of speculation regarding his alleged unhappiness, Thakor announced that he would not be leaving his party to join the BJP. Thakor had said that he had wanted to become a minister in the Vijay Rupani-led BJP government, and would have left to seek this 'instant gratification', but upon speaking to the people he represents, he claimed to have realised that he can't compromise on his integrity.
Thakor had also spoken against Patel contesting the polls while speaking to Republic TV saying that his conviction would be detrimental to his future.
In a press briefing, he had said, "Hardik has a conviction and several court cases against him. Now you understand what that means for his future."
Hardik Patel had then brushed off Alpesh Thakor's comment.
Hardik Patel has announced on March 10 that he has decided to join Congress. Taking to Twitter, Hardik Patel stated that he will officially be inducted into the 'oldest political party' on March 12 with the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi.
Thakor, Hardik Patel and Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani had campaigned extensively for the Congress in the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections, with the BJP accusing Rahul Gandhi of 'outsourcing' its leadership to them. While Hardik Patel didn't contest, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani did, the latter as an independent but with the tacit backing of the Congress which didn't field a candidate against him