Did Hardik meet Rahul? The guess work continues
Hardik Patel, the firebrand Patidar leader from Gujarat has kept everyone guessing. He denied reports of him meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at a hotel in Ahmedabad on Monday.
News of Hardik meeting Rahul cropped up when local channels ran footage for the former entering the hotel's premises late on Sunday night. The footage also showed him emerging out of the hotel at 4 pm the next day. Incidentally Rahul arrived at the same hotel at around 1 pm on Monday.
While there was footage to show Hardik entering and exiting the hotel, there was no evidence of the meeting.
Congress state president Bharatsinh Solanki earlier told mediapersons that Gandhi's meeting with Patel had been postponed, and the two would interact during his next visit through November 1, 2 and 3. The 24-year-old Patidar leader, in turn, said interacting with Gandhi this time would be difficult because he was busy with rallies in north Gujarat.
During Rahul Gandhi's visit to Gujarat, the Congress invited three representatives of the OBC community for talks. They were Alpesh Thakor, Jignesh Mewani and Hardik Patel. While Thakor formally joined the Congress at a rally on Monday, Mewani decided to give the meeting a skip.
Patel on the other hand remained non-committal. He said that he was busy and would speak with the media later.