Hardik Patel, by not contesting, laid himself open to charges of wheeling-dealing
GN Bureau | December 18, 2017
Alpesh Thakor, Jignesh Mevani, and Hardik Patel were thought to be cause for worry for the BJP. But Patel, for all his bravado, chose not to contest the elections and prove that he has the support base he claims to. By staying away, he has laid himself open to charges of wheeling-dealing in support, charges generally aimed at godmen and dera heads with huge following. Thakor has gone with the Congress, contesting from Radhanpur. And Mevani, though contesting independently from Vadgam, has the support of the Congress and AAP. The Congress did not field a candidate against him. At least these two have stood up to test their electoral mettle.
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