1. Double shock for BJP in Gujarat ahead of Assembly elections: Know what happened

Double shock for BJP in Gujarat ahead of Assembly elections: Know what happened

Gujarat Assembly elections 2017: Ahead of the crucial polls in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has received twin blows in quick succession.

By: | Published: October 23, 2017 1:37 PM
gujarat assembly elections, narendra patel, nikhil sawani, bjp, congress, rs 1 crore bribe, rahul gandhi modi, patidar Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah in Ahmedabad on Monday last week. (PTI Photo)

Gujarat Assembly elections 2017: Ahead of the crucial polls in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has received twin blows in quick succession. First, Narendra Patel, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader in north Gujarat, quit the saffron party on Sunday night, alleging that he was offered a bribe of Rs 1 crore.

Patel made the allegation within hours of joining the BJP. The Patidar leader also produced Rs 10 lakh cash, which he claimed was the advance money given to him by the BJP, in front of media personnel. One doesn’t know if Patel’s allegation is true or not. This has however turned into a big controversy amid the quest of parties to get influential Patidar community to vote for them.

“I was offered Rs 1 crore to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. I have already been given Rs 10 lakh advance. Varun Patel took me to a meeting where it was discussed that I will be given Rs 1 Cr and received the money from his hands. This Rs 10 lakh is no hard-earned money. This is the result of corruption. I am a shaheed of Mehsana. I will return this money. I don’t want this money. I have joined this movement only for Patidars, not for my political interests,” Narendra Patel told mediapersons.

Varun Patel is also a Patidar leader, who had joined the BJP two days ago.

Second, within a few hour after Patel’s shocking allegation, another Patidar leader Nikhil Sawani also quit the BJP, saying he was “upset” after learning that the party tried to bribe Narendra Patel.

Incidentally, Sawani had joined the BJP just 15 days ago after the state government made some assurances to Hardik Patel’s Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) on reservations for the Patel community.

Sawani is now likely to join Congress ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections. “I will seek Rahul Gandhi’s appointment, meet him and put forward my viewpoint,” Sawani said after resigning from BJP. Unlike Patel, Sawani, however, said he was not offered any money to join the BJP. “I was not offered money to join BJP. Now I have resigned because they are just offering lollipop, fulfilling nothing,” Sawani said.

On Narendra Patel’s bribery allegation, Sawani said, ” I have heard about Rs 1 crore offer by BJP to Narendra Patel. I’m upset. I am leaving BJP today. I congratulate Narendra Patel. He comes from a small family but still, he didn’t choose Rs 1 crore.”

Patidars are a politically influential community in Gujarat. Led by Hardik Patel, the Patidars have been up in arms against the state government for the last 2-3 years, demanding reservation in jobs and education under the OBC quota for them.

Patidars have traditionally voted for the BJP in the state. This time, however, it is not yet clear whether they would again pick the saffron party or vote for the Congress.

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    Janardhan Acharya
    Oct 23, 2017 at 6:11 pm
    It's total drama directed by Congress.Within 2 hours how will u conclude. I think it seems to better option or bargain. Development is the main not Politics. Gujarat People aware that matter.
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    1. Tushar Kanta
      Oct 23, 2017 at 5:34 pm
      Why did he take the ₹10 lakh in the first place?
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      1. Mahesh Naik Mahesh Naik
        Oct 23, 2017 at 4:32 pm
        let them vote for that party which will provide them perks which they desire...if NOt they should line up for self dispatch.!
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        1. Suresh Bhave
          Oct 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm
          Two hours and not a single comment! I do not believe the Patidars who joined the BJP and quit it immediately. There is no reason why BJP, to whom members of other parties have been flocking to get a share in power, offer a cash bribe? Why could he not wait for getting the whole of the one crore bribe and expose BJP's corrupt practice with that amount? Why flaunt only ten lakh rupees? That is the sort of amount any party could put in his hand to show.
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            manu singh
            Oct 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm
            Seems he is getting a better deal there
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