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Gujarat by-elections 2019: BJP looks to hurt Congress with aid of rebels, Thakor and Jhala

Fate of the BJP’s two newly-inducted Congress rebels - Alpesh Thakor, contesting from Radhanpur and his close associate Dhavalsinh Zala of Kshatriya Thakor Sena, fielded from Bayad, will be watched keenly. Both Thakor and Zala had resigned as MLAs after cross-voting for the BJP in July Rajya Sabha polls.
Alpesh Thakor had won the 2017 elections on a Congress ticket but is now contesting from Radhanpur as a BJP candidate.(HT PHOTO/File)
Alpesh Thakor had won the 2017 elections on a Congress ticket but is now contesting from Radhanpur as a BJP candidate.(HT PHOTO/File)
Updated on Oct 20, 2019 08:43 PM IST
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After cross-voting, Alpesh, Zala join BJP

Thakor and Zala quit as assembly members on July 5 after cross-voting in by-poll to two Gujarat Rajya Sabha seats.
Thakor, who quit the Congress before the April-May national polls, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah’s leadership and the party’s nationalist ideology.(HT Photo)
Thakor, who quit the Congress before the April-May national polls, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah’s leadership and the party’s nationalist ideology.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 19, 2019 12:37 AM IST
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Congress’s Alpesh Thakor, Zala quit as MLAs after voting in Gujarat RS bypoll

On who is voted for in the Rajya Sabha bypoll, OBC leader Thakor said that he followed his inner voice. “I kept the national leadership in mind. I considered which party has lost popular support, has betrayed us,” he added
Congress leader Alpesh Thakor arrives to cast his vote during Rajya Sabha election 2019 at Gujarat Assembly in Gandhinagar, Friday, July 5, 2019.(PTI)
Congress leader Alpesh Thakor arrives to cast his vote during Rajya Sabha election 2019 at Gujarat Assembly in Gandhinagar, Friday, July 5, 2019.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 05, 2019 04:17 PM IST
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‘Chemical locha in their minds’: Alpesh Thakor attacks Congress leaders

Thakor stated that the Congress party has no people and is only full of ‘chela chapatas’ (those who indulge in flattery).
Gujarat MLA and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor on Tuesday said Congress leaders who reiterate that scams have taken place are suffering from a “chemical locha” (chemical imbalance) in their minds.(HT File Photo)
Gujarat MLA and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor on Tuesday said Congress leaders who reiterate that scams have taken place are suffering from a “chemical locha” (chemical imbalance) in their minds.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2019 02:39 PM IST
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Alpesh meets Guj deputy CM, sparks buzz of BJP entry

The BJP appeared reluctant to provide details and speculate on the OBC leader’s future course of action.
Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakor Monday met deputy chief minister Nitin Patel.(Siddharaj Solanki/ Hindustan Times)
Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakor Monday met deputy chief minister Nitin Patel.(Siddharaj Solanki/ Hindustan Times)
Published on May 27, 2019 11:56 PM IST
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Alpesh Thakor resigns from Congress, says party ‘betrayed my community’

On Wednesday, the 43-year-old leader Kshatriya Thakor leader sent his resignation that blamed the Congress for betraying his community. “I cannot be in the party that neglected and betrayed my community,” he wrote in his letter to the party.
Thakor’s exit had been speculated for months. But the Gujarat legislator had insisted that he was upset with the party but not on his way out.
Thakor’s exit had been speculated for months. But the Gujarat legislator had insisted that he was upset with the party but not on his way out.
Updated on Apr 10, 2019 11:08 PM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Gujarat Congress’s Alpesh Thakor dismisses reports of switching over to BJP

Referring to remarks attributed to his detractors on his possible entry to the BJP for a ministerial position, Thakor said he was “neither sold nor greedy”
Congress MLA from Gujarat, Alpesh Thakor Saturday dismissed reports that he would switch over to the BJP.(HT File Photo)
Congress MLA from Gujarat, Alpesh Thakor Saturday dismissed reports that he would switch over to the BJP.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 10, 2019 10:25 AM IST
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Hardik Patel may join Congress in Guj, Alpesh Thakor could defect to BJP

While Patidar leader Hardik Patel has decided to join the Congress ahead of the March 12 Congress Working Committee meeting in Ahmedabad, party MLA and Other Backward Class (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakor may defect to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
While Patidar leader Hardik Patel has decided to join the Congress ahead of the March 12 Congress Working Committee meeting in Ahmedabad, party MLA and Other Backward Class (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakor may defect to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).(PTI)
While Patidar leader Hardik Patel has decided to join the Congress ahead of the March 12 Congress Working Committee meeting in Ahmedabad, party MLA and Other Backward Class (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakor may defect to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).(PTI)
Published on Mar 08, 2019 12:24 AM IST
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Court orders FIR against Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Alpesh Thakor for attacks on migrants from Bihar

A court here on Tuesday directed police to lodge a case against Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor while hearing a petition, which accused them of inciting attacks against migrants from Bihar.
Vijay Rupani(PTI file photo)
Vijay Rupani(PTI file photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2019 08:17 PM IST
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Alpesh faces dissent, appoints new vice-president of Thakor Sena

The rift in the KTS is likely to help the BJP, which has been trying to woo Thakor’s OBC community that forms 12% of Gujarat’s over 6 crore population, ahead of the general elections.
Congress lawmaker and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor in Ahmedabad on 11, 2018.(HT File Photo)
Congress lawmaker and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor in Ahmedabad on 11, 2018.(HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 16, 2019 07:22 AM IST
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Alpesh Thakor sits on ‘goodwill’ fast, says he is not ‘into spreading hatred’

The attacks led to exodus of an estimated over 60,000 migrants, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
Ahmedabad Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor, who is facing the heat over the violence against Hindi-speaking migrants in Gujarat, observed a day-long fast here Thursday.(Siddharaj Solanki/ Hindustan Times)
Ahmedabad Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor, who is facing the heat over the violence against Hindi-speaking migrants in Gujarat, observed a day-long fast here Thursday.(Siddharaj Solanki/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 12, 2018 12:08 AM IST
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Ahmedabad | ByPress Trust of India

Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor in the eye of Gujarat’s migrant-exodus storm

Most of the 342 people arrested in the 42 cases of attacks on migrants allegedly belong to Alpesh Thakor’s outfit, the Kshatriya Thakor Sena (KTS)
Gujarat MLA Alpesh Thakor.(PTI Photo)
Gujarat MLA Alpesh Thakor.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 10, 2018 01:25 AM IST
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Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor, Jignesh Mevani booked for anti-liquor ‘raid’ at woman’s house

Alpesh Thakor along with Jignesh Mevani and Hardik Patel allegedly “raided” the house of a woman in Gujarat, claiming they wanted to expose the alleged “liquor den” operating there.
Patidar leader Hardik Patel along with MLA Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani in Gandhinagar.(PTI File Photo)
Patidar leader Hardik Patel along with MLA Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani in Gandhinagar.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Jul 07, 2018 07:23 PM IST
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Ahmedabad | ByPress Trust of India

Cong MLA Alpesh Thakor seen showering money at music event in video, says it was for a cause

Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor said he was aware a controversy would be created by his actions, but said the idea was to raise funds for education.
Alpesh Thakor is a Gujarat MLA and national president of the Ekta Manch.(PTI)
Alpesh Thakor is a Gujarat MLA and national president of the Ekta Manch.(PTI)
Published on Jun 18, 2018 11:22 PM IST
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