Make Nitin Patel the Chief Minister, demands Patidar leader Lalji Patel

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While Rupani has kept the Urban Development portfolio this time, senior leader Saurabh Patel has Finance.

Troubles could be seen at the brim from the very beginning when Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, deputy chief minister Nitin Patel and state BJP president Jitu Vaghani got into a huddle at the CM's residence.

"The BJP is repeatedly doing injustice to Nitin-bhai Patel". In the current Cabinet though, he has been allotted charge of departments like road and building, and health.

According to reports Nitin Patel is miffed with the portfolios allocated to him.

The Patidar leader on Saturday said Nitin Patel should join the Congress party, if he can manage to bring along 10 BJP MLAs. He said he felt the party would take appropriate action. Besides his supporters, some of the elected MLAs and RSS leaders who visited him during the day, Patidar quota supporter and Sardar Patel Group (SPG) leader Lalji Patel also visited him at his residence. "I will tell him as a friend that the BJP is only misusing him", Thummar said.

Last August, Nitin Patel's name had done the rounds as CM till the last minute as Anandiben Patel's replacement, before the party had picked Rupani and made him deputy CM instead.

Patel, 61, is MLA from Mehsana and among the senior-most BJP leaders in the government.

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Difference arose in Gujarat BJP when 3 days after the new cabinet was sworn-in in Gujarat, ministers were allotted their portfolios. The BJP has done well in urban areas and Nitinbhai played a key role in managing the Urban Development portfolio.

Congress MLA Virji Thummar said, "They have taken away all the good portfolios from Nitinbhai Patel".

Hardik, on the other hand, reportedly texted Patel extending his support and suggesting him to quit the BJP and join Congress in stead.

Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said Hardik's statement should not be given attention as "he is fishing in troubled waters". I am not giving any suggestion, but asking him to ponder as to why he is not being given respect despite working so hard. "We will work together for the betterment of the state".

On his part, Hardik claimed that he would hold talks with the Congress to get Nitin a good position. Sources in the government said he had made his displeasure known to the high command regarding the "lightweight portfolios" given to him despite being the Deputy CM.

AHMEDABAD Lending support to Nitin Patel, Patidar leader Lalji Patel on Saturday called for a Mehsana "bandh" on January 1.

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