With Gujarat Assembly polls around the corner, politicians have taken to jumping ship eyeing better possibilities.
Balkrishna Patel, a former BJP MLA, joined Congress in the presence of Gujarat Congress Chief Jagdish Thakor. The ex-MLA from Dabhoi seat was denied a ticket in the 2017 elections. Patel (66) claimed that he has been sidelined by the BJP despite his efforts and hard work.
“I had worked hard for strengthening the BJP at the district and taluka level for many years. I was not given a ticket for the 2017 elections though I was then a sitting MLA. Even my son was denied a ticket for the district panchayat polls. I left the BJP because I was being constantly neglected and sidelined,” Patel said.