Even though this election was clearly in favour of the BJP and an extra vote or two would make no difference to the winner, the two OBC leaders wanted to send out a feeler to the BJP and to the community.
In his affidavit submitted on Thursday, Thakor claimed that the petitioner, Congress’ state whip Ashiwin Kotwal, was not entitled to raise the dispute in court as the matter was pending before the Assembly speaker.
Alpesh, who had quit the party on April 10, just in the middle of the Lok Sabha elections, was party’s secretary and Bihar co-in-charge. Thakor had alleged that he had been “betrayed by the leadership” and hence, he left the party and quit from all the posts, barring his membership of the Assembly.
Alpesh, who had quit the party on April 10, just in the middle of the Lok Sabha elections, had campaigned for an Independent candidate in Banaskantha, Swarupji Thakor, where the Congress had also fielded its nominee.
“I can stay without power, but not without respect. I cannot accept if someone says that I can sell myself or I am greedy. So, I am saying that we have chosen the path of struggle which is full of difficulties," Alpesh Thakor said, amid speculation of his joining BJP