Gujarat's Patel quota agitation leader Hardik Patel will join the Congress party on Tuesday in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi. The influential Patidar leader had on Sunday announced that he will join Congress on March 12. He also intends to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019 if rioting cases filed against him are not a "hindrance". Patel's plans to contest the Lok Sabha polls.
"I would also like to state that if there is no legal hindrance and party decides to field me in electoral politics, I would abide by the party's decision. I am taking this step to serve 125 crore citizens of India," he said in another tweet.
However, Patel's plans to contest the Lok Sabha polls, the schedule of which was announced by the Election Commission of India on Sunday, may be possible only if he clears legal hurdles.
He has been convicted and sentenced to two years in a riot case connected to the 2015 Patidar quota agitation, which bars him from contesting polls.