BJP Offered Me Rs 1 Crore to Join Party, Claims Patidar Activist
Narendra Patel showed Rs 10 lakh cash to mediapersons, claiming it was given to him as “advance” by Varun Patel
Narendra Patel, an activist of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) has claimed the BJP offered him Rs 1 crore to switch loyalties, a charge rubbished by Gujarat's ruling party.
In a dramatic turn of events, Narendra Patel announced in the presence of state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani on Sunday evening that he was joining the party. At about 10:30 pm, a couple of hours later, he called a press conference to allege that he was offered Rs 1 crore to go to the ruling party but would never betray his community.
Reacting to the allegations, the BJP claimed it was a "drama" staged at the behest of the Congress.
At the press conference, Narendra Patel showed Rs 10 lakh cash to mediapersons, claiming it was given to him as "advance" by former PAAS leader Varun Patel, who had joined the BJP on Saturday.
He alleged that the "entire deal was brokered by Varun". He said he followed Varun's instruction and joined the BJP just to "expose" the party.
Varun Patel and Reshma Patel were among the prominent faces of the Hardik Patel-led PAAS and were critical of the ruling BJP during the agitation.
They joined the BJP on Saturday after a meeting with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and state party chief Jitu Vaghani during its parliamentary board meeting, which was also attended by BJP president Amit Shah.
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