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“Not Upset”: Ex Gujarat No. 2 Nitin Patel Stoic As BJP Springs Surprise


Nitin Patel was being seen as one of many prime contenders for the chief minister’s publish.

New Delhi:

As Gujarat prepares for a new Chief Minister and cabinet, former Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who was reportedly anticipating the highest job, has saved up a riveting sideshow together with his feedback starting from defiance and denial to grudging acceptance.

Nitin Patel’s title had been circulating as a candidate to interchange Vijay Rupani, who resigned as Gujarat Chief Minister on Saturday in an sudden BJP transfer. Nitin Patel, who belongs to the highly effective Patidar group, had even dropped heavy hints. However one other Patel — Bhupendra Patel — emerged because the occasion’s shock selection.

“I am not upset,” Nitin Patel instructed information company ANI, after Bhupendra Patel referred to as on him in Ahmedabad this morning.

“I have been working in BJP since I used to be 18 and I’ll carry on working. Whether or not I get a place within the occasion or not, I’ll proceed serving within the occasion,” he mentioned, describing the Chief Minister-designate as an “previous household buddy”.

On Sunday, because the BJP’s selection turned official, Nitin Patel remarked at a perform he was not the one one to “miss the bus” and there have been “many others like him”.

He additionally declared that he had seen many ups and downs and no person may throw him out as he lived in folks’s hearts.

“I’m not bothered about hypothesis. Bhupendrabhai is our personal. He invited me to inaugurate his workplace as an MLA. He’s my buddy. I do not care what folks say or assume. However, I’m not at risk. Why? Due to you. I owe my existence to you” Mr Patel instructed a gathering at Mehsana.

Mr Patel had made his expectations clear when he mentioned earlier than the legislature occasion assembly that the brand new Chief Minister needed to be “in style, sturdy, skilled, and the one who is thought and acceptable to all”.

That individual turned out to be Bhupendra Patel for the occasion.

Mr Patel reportedly left the assembly early and was additionally not current when outgoing Chief Minister Vijay Rupani went together with his successor to the Governor’s home.

“There have been many others who additionally missed the bus. I used to be not the one one. So don’t have a look at this growth in that method. It is the occasion which makes choices,” Mr Patel instructed reporters.

Requested why he left the legislators’ assembly early, he mentioned: “Individuals bask in flawed hypothesis. I needed to attend this programme. I’d have myself given it a move if it was not of that a lot significance.”

Mr Patel mentioned he had acquired threats for his latest remark that the Structure and secularism will final so long as Hindus are in majority. “I by no means say something which could be discarded simply. I’ve all the time labored as a defend to guard the federal government, officers, Chief Minister and state BJP chief. I endured all of the assaults however by no means hit again. I say what is correct, even when many individuals don’t prefer it” he mentioned.

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