Gujarat AAP MLA Bhupat Bhayani: ‘I have no plans to join the BJP right now,’
On the eve of the saffron party’s swearing in ceremony to form a government in Gujarat after securing a landslide victory for the seventh time, newly-elected Aam Aadmi Party MLA Bhupat Bhayani caused a stir by announcing that he will not join the Bharatiya Janata Party immediately.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal won five seats in the 182 constituency Assembly Elections held in Gujarat on December 1 and 5. Bhayani was one of the AAP leaders who defeated the BJP’s Harshad Ribadiya in the recently held Assembly elections in Visavadar.
During the press conference, Bhayani stated that he does not intend to join the BJP right away. He did, however, clarify that he would talk to his constituents and, if they preferred, the politician would consider joining the JP Nadda-led party.
“I am not at all dissatisfied with AAP, and I have made no decision to join the BJP as of yet.” I will make a decision only after meeting with my workers and people. “I am currently with AAP,” Bhayani stated.
“Right now, I’m not going to join the BJP.” I’ll consult with my constituents before making a decision. “I have no plans to join the BJP, but if it benefits farmers and people in my area, I may join, but only after consulting people,” Bhayani added.
BJP has won 156 seats in the Gujarat Assembly and got a huge majority. Appreciating the Prime Minister, Bhayani said, “I became a leader in the BJP when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
As a committed BJP worker (former) and a Gujarati, it made me very proud. When Modiji became the Prime Minister in 2014. I am still proud of our Prime Minister. Bhayani hinted that he would have to support the BJP in future.
“I respect the mandate given to the BJP by the people. To address critical issues in my region, such as irrigation water, I may need to seek help from the BJP “Bhayani stated.
During the day, Independent MLAs and BJP rebels Mavji Desai, Dharmendrasinh Vaghela, and Dhavalsinh Zala met in Bayad, north Gujarat. The trio previously worked for the BJP but ran as Independents after being denied tickets in the recent elections.
Following the meeting, Vaghela stated that he had already extended his support to the BJP because he had been a member of the party since the beginning of his political career. While Desai and Zala have not made any public statements in this regard, it is widely assumed that they will also support the ruling party.