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Nagpur: Set back for Congress as Hardik Patel, who quit the party last week, tweeted on Thursday morning that he is joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Patel tweeted that he is about to ‘start a new chapter’ and will ‘work as a soldier’ under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. “I am about to start a new chapter with feelings of national interest, regional interest and social interest. I will work as a small soldier in the massive work in national service under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he tweeted.

After Patidar quota agitation leader Patel recently resigned from the Congress, there were speculations that he may join the ruling BJP. He had praised the BJP’s decision-making capacity and style of functioning, while severely criticising the Congress leadership.

“It is confirmed that Hardik Patel will join the BJP on June 2 in the presence of state president C R Paatil,” BJP’s state spokesperson Yagnesh Dave told PTI.

Patel had joined the Congress in 2019.

Before quitting the Congress earlier this month, Patel wrote a scathing letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi, claiming the Congress “only played the role of a roadblock” over certain key issues in the country and was “merely reduced to opposing everything”.

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