New Delhi: Gujarat Assembly elections are just around the corner and political activity has gained momentum in the state with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the home state thrice in October and more than five times this year.
Not far behind the PM, the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi (who is all set to become president of the party) has also visited the state quite frequently recently.
The Election Commission is yet to announced the dates for the Assembly elections in Gujarat and parties are trying to using the time in their favour.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in power for the last two decades in Gujarat with Modi himself being the CM of the state before becoming the PM.
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A third player in Gujarat
Interestingly, in Gujarat, in addition to BJP and Congress, there is a third player--Hardik Patel--(who is giving an additional boost to the political motion).
Quota spearhead Hardik Patel can play the role of kingmaker in the state as he commands considerable influence over Patidar community of the state.
There are also reports doing rounds that Hardik Patel met Rahul Gandhi in a hotel in Ahmedabad on Monday. However, denial came immediately.
In an exclusive interview to ABP Live's Anurag Kumar, Hardik Patel in May 2017, had hinted that he may support Congress party.