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Cong claim BJP pressurised Patoria to withdraw nomination

Rajkot: The Rajkot town Congress on Friday alleged that Narsi Patoria, who was once given mandate by means of the birthday celebration to contest Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) by-election from ward 13, had switched aspects and joined BJP on the eleventh hour, as a result of he was once pressurised by means of the BJP.
Patoria had withdrawn his candidature early this month on the last moment, leaving no alternative for the Congress to rope in every other candidate.

The Congress on Friday said that BJP members had threatened Patoria to expose is dating with a girl running in a faculty and forced him to withdraw the candidature.

Congress corporator Jagruti Dangar and her husband held a press convention on Friday within the town.

Congress town president Ashok Dangar alleged, “Patoria has admitted before Jagruti and her husband that BJP members had threatened to expose his relation with a girl 5 years in the past. We have recorded conversation between Jagruti and Patoria.”

BJP had evidence of that relation and used it to blackmail Patoria. However, Patoria in a remark challenged Danger to prove his allegation or face defamation.

Patoria was once roped in against BJP’s candidate Nitin Ramani, who himself had left Congress and joined BJP previous. The vote casting of one seat of ward 13 is scheduled on Sunday.

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