Was offered Rs 1 crore to join BJP: Gujarati Patel leader's sensational claim

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Was offered Rs 1 crore to join BJP: Gujarati Patel leader's sensational claim

Narendra Patel, a local convenor of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar reservation movement, in a dramatic claim said he was offered Rs 1 crore to join the BJP.

In an extraordinary claim, Narendra Patel, a local convenor of Hardik Patel's Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, has alleged that he was offered Rs 1 crore to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Mehsana-based Narendra Patel had purportedly joined the BJP earlier Sunday evening. In a dramatic late-night announcement, however, Narendra Patel claimed that he was advanced Rs 10 lakh to join the BJP and was promised that the remaining Rs 90 lakh would be paid in the upcoming days.

Speaking at a press conference in Ahmedabad, Patel detailed how and when he was made the Rs 1-crore offer and said that Varun Patel, another Patidar leader, was involved in the efforts to win his support.

Varun Patel was a key aide of Hardik Patel, who spearheaded the Patidar reservation movement. Varun along with Reshma Patel, another former Hardik Patel aide, joined the BJP earlier this weekend.

Speaking at his press conference, Narendra Patel claimed that the deal was made by Varun Patel on behalf of the BJP. "I was called to Ahmedabad... then taken to Gandhinagar," Narendra Patel said at the press conference.

In Gandhinagar, he was driven around for a while and then taken to an office in nearby Adalaj, Narendra Patel claimed. "There, I was introduced to several BJP leaders, including Jitubhai Vaghani and Chudasmasaheb," Patel said at the press conference Sunday night.

Jitu Vaghani is the BJP state president in Gujarat. The other BJP leader Narendra Patel named could possibly refer to Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, a minister in the Vijay Rupani government in Gujarat.

THE DEAL

Following this, Narendra Patel went on to say, Varun Patel took him aside and made a Rs 1-crore deal to get him to join the party. "Varunbhai then gave me Rs 10 lakh cash, and asked me to collect the other Rs 90 lakh at a BJP function scheduled for Monday," Narendra Patel claimed.

"These people (BJP leaders) then immediately called a press conference, and made me say it (that I was joining the BJP)," Patel went on to say. "I, however, felt that this is wrong, and that the Patel community is being betrayed."

The BJP will fall in Gujarat, Narendar Patel thundered at this press conference, where he displayed bundles of Rs 500 notes that he claimed were part of the Rs 10 lakh that he was advanced on his Rs 1-crore deal.

The BJP is yet to react to Narendra Patel's sensational claims.

Today's developments come just as the Election Commission of India gets ready to announce dates for assembly election in Gujarat.

WATCH | Narendra Patel's press conference where he claims he was offered Rs 1 crore to join the BJP