Was offered Rs 1 cr to join BJP, alleges PAAS leader

AHMEDABAD: Hours after joining the BJP, an activist of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) has claimed that he was offered Rs 1 crore for switching loyalties, a charge rubbished by the ruling party.
Narendra Patel, the North Gujarat PAAS convener, joined the BJP in the presence of state party chief Jitu Vaghani last night and within hours he called a press conference to allege that he was offered Rs 1 crore to go to the ruling party.
Reacting to allegations, the BJP claimed it was a “drama” staged at the behest of the Congress.
“All these allegations are false. It was a drama (enacted) by Narendra Patel at the behest of Congress. He voluntarily came to us to join the BJP and then took a u-turn within hours. It proves that everything was pre-planned,” Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said today.
At the press conference, Narendra Patel showed Rs 10 lakh cash to mediapersons, claiming it was given to him as “advance” by former PAAS leader Varun Patel, who had joined the BJP on Saturday.
He alleged that the “entire deal was brokered by Varun”.