Several leaders and teenagers from the Koli neighborhood joined Aam Aadmi Party in Surat on September 8.
Among those that joined AAP is Prakash Contractor, president of Parivartan Trust, an NGO operating for the Koli neighborhood.
According to the AAP, over 500 Koli neighborhood youths have joined the birthday party below the management of Prakash Contractor and Jitubhai Ghadiyali at Koli neighborhood corridor at Budhiya village in Surat town. These neighborhood leaders and teenagers have been welcomed via AAP state president Gopal Italia and different birthday party leaders.
Parivartan consider president Prakash Contractor instructed The Indian Express, “We will not stop our NGO work for our people. There are 35 villages between Sachin to Hazira, which are in the coastal area and dominated by the Koli community. Many members of our community are strong supporters of the BJP, but we are fed up of the party, due to various reasons and working style. We were searching for a better option and we did not want to go to Congress. We have joined AAP after seeing the working style of Municipal Councillors of the party in SMC.”
Parivartan Trust has led a number of protests together with one in 2012 towards the GEPIL corporate, which used to be discovered discharging untreated hazardous wastes into the Unn creek, passing close to villages of Jiyav and Budhiya. After their protest, the GEPIL corporate used to be close down.
AAP state spokesperson Yogesh Jadvani stated, “In Surat city, we have deeply penetrated into Patidar community, and now we have started getting support from the Koli patel community which are also strong supporters of BJP.”