In yet another major defection, former Gujarat Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor and his close aide former Congress MLA Dhavalsinh Zala will be joining the saffron party at 4 PM on Thursday, as per sources.
Earlier in the week, the young OBC leader Thakor and Zala cross voted against Congress in the recently concluded Rajya Sabha bypolls in Gujarat. After cross-voting, he and Zala tendered their resignation from his post to the Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi.
BJP won both seats of Rajya Sabha by-polls on last Friday after RC Faldu's vote had been disqualified, electing Union External affairs minister S Jaishankar and OBC leader Juglaji Thakor to the Rajya Sabha.
After meeting the speaker, Dhavalsinh Zala, Alpesh Thakor addressed the media declaring their resignation, claiming that all he ever faced in Congress was embarrassment and ignorance and was served only disrespect. While he has on record criticised the Congress party several times after his resignation, he also strongly hinted at joining the BJP.
Prior to the Rajya Sabha bypolls, Congress had taken their 65 MLAs to Mount Abu in Rajasthan to avoid cross-voting.
Resenting this move, Thakor had said, "Why does the party have to resort to these measures like taking the lawmakers somewhere out of the state every time there is such a situation? This means that somewhere there is a communication gap or lack of camaraderie or respect towards their elected representatives in Congress."
Thakor resigned from Congress party along with MLA Dhavalsinh Thakor and MLA Bharatji Thakor in April this year. He had complained that he was not given enough attention and importance and responsibilities, which had led to Congress to apply for his disqualification. On last Tuesday, the Gujarat High Court declined to hear a petition moved by the Congress seeking a direction to Assembly speaker Rajendra Trivedi to take a "prompt" decision on disqualification of its legislator Alpesh Thakor.