Hardik Patel, who recently dumped Congress to join the BJP, has turned off the 'comments' section on Facebook, after facing online abuse. In view of constant threat messages, the state administration has decided to provide police protection for the Patidar leader.
On Tuesday, the Gujarat BJP leader in a Facebook post appealed netizens to join BJP by giving a missed call. The post, which was part of a membership drive of BJP in Gujarat, contained toll-free numbers along with images of Patel with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP chief JP Nadda, among others.
In the comment section of the post, Patel faced severe backlash, with people abusing him for switching over to the BJP. As many as 150 abusive remarks were recorded under the post. This prompted Patel to turn off the comment section on his Facebook page.
Recently, ahead of his move to BJP, Patel's old videos and social media posts attacking the BJP, PM Modi, and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have re-surfaced.
Ending weeks of speculation, Hardik Patel on Thursday, June 2, donned the saffron cap with the lotus when he joined the BJP.
The 28-year-old was welcomed into the party fold in Ahmedabad by state BJP president CR Patil and senior leader Nitin Patel. However, central and state ministers were conspicuous by their absence. Even Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel gave Hardik's joining a miss. Hardik's induction into the party is aimed at wooing the Patidar voters in Gujarat in the assembly polls slated for December this year.
Patel had resigned from Congress, claiming that top leaders of the party were 'distracted' and Gujarat Congress leaders were more interested in "arranging chicken sandwiches for them".