Ex-MLA from Unjha Ashaben Patel who left Congress, finally joins BJP

Patan: Dr. Ashaben Patel, who resigned from Congress and Unjha assembly seat in North Gujarat recently, today finally joined ruling BJP.

She joined the party in the cluster meet of BJP her along with her supporters including at least 10 members of Unjha taluka Panchayat where the independents were in majority.

BJP state president Jeetu Vaghani offered her the party scarf marking her formal entry in to the party. Haryana CM Manoharlal Khattar who was the chief guest on the occasion also greeted and welcomed her.

Earlier ending almost a week long suspense She had said that she was going to join BJP today.

Patel, who had defeated BJP stalwart Naran Patel in last election told newsmen here that she had held a meeting with her supporters who said that she should join the ruling party.

She said that she has joined the BJP as a simple worker of the party and it was up to the party to give her a position befitting her ability.

She said that she has decided to join BJP as per the wishes of her supporters who feel that she would be able to deliver better in the party.

Notably Patel, who was also deemed close to PAAS leader Hardik Patel, had put in her papers on February 2. After doing so she had praised PM Narendra Modi and raised questions on Congress leadership.

Congress had tried tooth and nail to keep her with its flock despite resignation from the assembly but her decision to join the BJP is being seen as a big boost for the ruling party before the next LS polls.