Updated: August 3, 2016 2:17:40 pm
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at the top leadership of the BJP saying Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel was being made a scapegoat as the ‘Gujarat burns’. In a tweet this morning, Rahul said: “13 years of Modi rule, not 2 years of Anandiben are responsible for Gujarat burning. Sacrificing the scapegoat won’t save the BJP,” perhaps referring to the upcoming 2017 Assembly elections in the state.
And it’s not just Rahul who’s hitting out at the BJP top brass. Soon after her resignation, AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a way, claimed credit for the political development, saying it was AAP’s rise in that state that the BJP now feared.
“Anandi ji ka isthifa Gujarat mein ‘AAP’ ke taji sein badthi lokpriyata ka nateeja hein. Bajpa Gujarat mein buri tarah se dari hui (Anandiben Patel’s resignation came because of the gaining popularity of AAP in Gujarat. BJP is frightened in Gujarat now,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Patel on Monday sent her resignation to the party leadership. Sources told The Indian Express that she had, two months ago, sent her resignation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but he refused to accept it. They further stated that her resignation was an indication of her losing grip over the state’s politics. Her resignation came as no surprise to the top brass of the party.
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