Gujarat Patidar leader Naresh Patel meets Prashant Kishor amid buzz about joining Congress

Gujarat Patidar leader Naresh Patel said he had met poll strategist Prashant Kishor in New Delhi amid speculation about the former joining the Congress. Naresh Patel, however, added that he had not yet finalized which party he may join ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls.

Naresh Patel, who heads Shree Khodaldham Temple Trust, said that he will take a final call on which political party to join based on a public opinion survey being conducted by the trust.When asked if he is likely to join the Congress, Naresh Patel said, “This decision is very important and so far I have not made any concrete decision.

”Naresh Patel added that he will hold a meeting on Monday, April 25, after which a decision will be taken.Gujarat Patidar leader Naresh Patel has said that leaders from all the three parties (Congress, AAP and BJP) had met him.

The Patidars form about 11-12 per cent of the population in Gujarat and are the influential caste group whose votes can sway results in many constituencies.“But the question is where and when I will join.

I am waiting for clarity, I will let you know,” Naresh Patel said on Saturday.

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