After Nitin Patel, Solanki says ‘hurt’ by portfolio allocation

"I have been elected as an MLA for the fifth term and yet I have been given just one portfolio of fisheries. This has hurt the sentiments of the Koli community," Bhavnagar MLA Parshottam Solanki said

By: Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Updated: January 3, 2018 7:49 am
Parshottam solanki unhappy with portfolio Fisheries Minister Parshottam Solanki is the second minister to have voiced his resentment at the allocation of portfolios in the Cabinet. (Express photo)


In yet another trouble for the Vijay Rupani-led BJP government in Gujarat, Minister of State for Fisheries Parshottam Solanki on Tuesday expressed his displeasure over the allocation of portfolios, saying it has “hurt the sentiments” of his Koli community.

After Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Solanki is the second minister to have voiced his displeasure over the portfolio allocation. “I have been elected as an MLA for the fifth time, and yet I have been given just one portfolio of fisheries. This has hurt the sentiments of Koli community, and they are unhappy. The Koli community should be given adequate representation in the government. And either I should be given some more portfolio(s) or some other Koli leader should be inducted into the cabinet,” Solanki told The Indian Express after meeting the chief minister on Tuesday. Solanki, 56, has been skipping office after he took charge of the ministry last week. In the previous BJP government, he had held the same portfolio. He is also facing a corruption case involving Rs 400-crore fishing contracts that were awarded by him in the previous government. The matter is pending at a Gandhinagar court.

“Today, I had come to meet the chief minister and expressed my feelings. But, nearly 100 people were present to meet him. So, I could not talk to him much. And he also told me that he will call and meet me in the next 4 to 5 days,” he added. On asked about his move if his “feelings” are not honoured, Solanki replied, “The Koli community will decide that.”

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Solanki’s statements created ripples in the political circles. Senior minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama rushed to meet him at his office in Swarnim Sankul 2. “Parshottambhai is not unhappy. He has put forward his point, and the chief minister has told him that we will think over it… His (Solanki’s) intention is not to put the government in jeopardy,” Chudasama told reporters after meeting Solanki.

Just two days ago, Deputy CM Nitin Patel had stayed away from taking charge of his ministry in the new government, saying his that the portfolios allotted to him were not “befitting to the stature of the Deputy CM”. BJP president Amit Shah had to intervene and Patel was allotted Finance ministry.

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  1. Brij Lal
    Jan 3, 2018 at 8:38 am
    When there is prosperity and plenty in the family, there occurs indigestion and discord, so is the case with Gujarat Government.
    1. Setty Pendakur
      Jan 3, 2018 at 4:47 am
      Well, of course... every minister wants finance, public works, highways, and higher education..... that is where the money is. Practically everyone is a prince, they can freely.."party hopp" depending upon whoever offers the most benefits.... there are no policies neither principles, politics of the lowest level.
      1. Krishna Murthy
        Jan 2, 2018 at 9:50 pm
        It is high time that the country is switching over to other form of election system. The present form of election is only helpful to political gamblers, position mongering croropatis, caste groups, criminals. Under the existing system no individual from poor and middle class belonging to any caste/religion could become MLA/MP even one is educated, willing to work hard for the development of the State/Nation considering it as service to the people. Why not the country attempt to conduct the election on Party basis? This will pave the way for nominating deserving people asMLA/MP, ladies representation could be increased, criminals totally avoided, Non-performers could be replaced and last but not the least no vested interest will dare to challenge the elected Government.( The Party'wise election should be purely on the basis of economic proposals made by individual political party for the total development of State/Nation)
        1. Nagar iyer
          Jan 2, 2018 at 10:15 pm
          'Moral values' should be deeply embedded in the 'thoughts' 'deeds' of the 'rulers' as well as 'the ruled'. In the absence of 'morality' in 'thought' as well as 'deed', it is immaterial which 'election system' we 'adopt' or 'follow'.
        2. Suneet Sood
          Jan 2, 2018 at 9:34 pm
          He is upset. Unfortunately, saying "I am upset" gets him nowhere. So he's bringing the entire community into the equation.
          1. Libral Culture
            Jan 2, 2018 at 10:06 pm
            I agree with you, but everyone is indulging in the same gimmick. The strategy is simple, further your interest by identifying with a community or cause, be it secularist or nationalist or hate brigade, the end goal is same, cornering position, power and money for self.
          2. Lionel L.
            Jan 2, 2018 at 8:48 pm
            So he wants another portfolio so he can garner another 400 crore corruption charge against him. Please give him a chance!
            1. gopal goshala
              Jan 2, 2018 at 10:07 pm
              There is another possibility too. The case against him in the Gandhinagar court related to the 400 Cr scam must be strong with his conviction most likely. He must have approached the CM to dilute the case which was obviously rejected. To preempt his 'ignominious exit' after the court verdict he is staging this drama.
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