The party also declared names of its senior leaders who will be accompanying its candidates while filing their nominations. The names were decided at a meeting of the Central Parliamentary Board of the party.
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.