Cong turncoats reject rumours of rejoining

Ahmedabad: After humiliating defeat in the recent by-polls, Congress turncoats Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Zala cleared the air on their position in the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and scrapped rumors of rejoining the Congress. Both of them said they were enjoying their status as former MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) and working for the party.

For the past few days, there have been rumours that OBC leader Thakor would be returning to the Congress. However, Thakor told First India that he was a party worker for the BJP.

“There is no question of rejoining Congress. I am in BJP and working as other workers. I am giving my time to my family, and looking after issues with which I was dealing earlier ,” said the maverick OBC leader.

“I am actively working for prohibition and other social issues. I am back to my routine life for the upliftment of my society, for the poor and OBC,” he added. It is to be noted that Thakor used to conduct ‘Janta Raids’ against illicit liquor in the state, and had launched a state-wide campaign in 2016 against illegal liquor dens. However, he was nowhere to be seen last Monday, when locals in Ranip, which is near Thakor’s residence, seized illicit liquor worth lakhs of rupees.

Similarly, Zala said he was enjoying his MLA status in the BJP. “The party respect me as an MLA. I have the same reputation as before. The party invites me to all its programmes. I am working to strengthen party organization. I have offices at two places —Malpur and Bayad—as before,” he said.

“Nothing has changed. Locals are still coming to me with their grievances and I am helping them out in my full capacity,” Zala added.