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Will make Nitin Patel CM if he joins Congress with 10-15 BJP MLAs, says Virji Thummar

"They have taken away all the good portfolios from Nitinbhai Patel. I would request Nitinbhai to come with 10-15 supporting MLAs and we (Congress) will support him from outside," Congress MLA Virji Thummar said

By: PTI | Ahmedabad | Published: December 30, 2017 8:38 pm
Nitin Patel upset with BJP Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani with Deputy CM Nitin Patel. (File Photo)

A senior Congress MLA on Saturday urged “aggrieved” Gujarat deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel to quit the BJP and join hands with his party to form a new government in the state with the help of the “10-15 MLAs” supporting him.

Virji Thummar, who was recently elected as an MLA from the Lathi constituency in Saurashtra’s Amreli district, said Patel would be made the CM with the Congress’ support if he came with the required number of BJP MLAs. “They have taken away all the good portfolios from Nitinbhai Patel. His portfolios have been given to others. I would request Nitinbhai to come with 10-15 supporting MLAs and we (Congress) will support him from outside,” Thummar told reporters.

“Let us work together for the benefit of farmers and development of Gujarat. I will tell him (Patel) as a friend that the BJP is only misusing him,” he added. The Congress, however, said Thummar’s statement was made in personal capacity and called the political drama unfolding in the new Gujarat government the BJP’s “internal matter”.

“It is the BJP’s policy to disregard its senior leaders and sideline them once they find them to be of no use. This has especially been the case with Patidar leaders like Keshubhai Patel, Anandiben Patel, Gordhan Zadaphia among others. “It is now Nitin Patel’s turn. Since we see the portfolio distribution as an internal matter of the BJP, we will not like to go further into it. As far as Thummar’s statement is concerned, it is his personal opinion. We are watching the developments,” state Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said.

Patel has reportedly expressed his displeasure to the BJP leadership over the portfolios alloted to him in the new Gujarat government. The deputy CM, who used to handle important portfolios like finance and urban development in the previous government, was allotted roads and buildings and health this time.

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  1. Prabhu Prabhu
    Dec 31, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    Dirty picture of congress party.
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    1. Nilesh Jain
      Dec 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm
      'From outside' and will make him puppet from inside. with only 15 MLAs, what say will he have ? why will he loose support of 99 MLAs for 15 MLAs and a life long badname. I hope he doesn't sell himself to an nonsense offer of an italian.
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      1. Ram
        Dec 30, 2017 at 9:25 pm
        This is what rogue congress is?
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