Gujarat health minister Nitin Patel has emerged as the front runner for the CM’s post in Gujarat after the surprise resignation of Anandiben Patel from the post. Several reports said that Nitin’s name is set to be cleared for the post in BJP’s state legislature party meet today evening. In an interview to India Today, Nitin, however, said the party is yet to decide on the CM candidate. However, decision taken in the meeting would be acceptable to all, he said. Talking to the channel, Nitin responded on a host of issues including the Una incident, AAP’s impact in the state and Patidar agitation. Nitin said that Patels are not against BJP in the state. “They (Patels) had voted for BJP in recent local elections. Even in the by-elections in the last six months, most of the seats have been won by BJP. Everyone in the state is with us,” he said.
Talking about Hardik Patel issue, Nitin expressed hope that the matter will be sorted out soon. “In six months, we have talked to thousands of people. Even Patidars have started to believe that return of Congress will not be good for them. Patels have prospered under BJP. They are with BJP.” He said the party will do its best to address Patidar community’s grievances and end the “fight”. Nitin rubbished the so-called ‘AAP phenomenon’ in Gujarat. “People of Gujarat are with BJP, Narendra Modi and development. No matter what party comes,
Gujaratis will remain with BJP.”
He said BJP has hold over 90% elected bodies in the state. The health minister also rubbished the allegation that Gujarat government is run from the Centre and CM of the state remains only for namesake. “This is a wrong allegation. We do get guidance from the PM and Shah. But government is run by the CM. It is important for the party and the government work together.”
Commenting on the Una Dalit flogging incident, Nitin said, “Whatever happened was wrong and the government has taken all steps to stop such incidents.” He asserted that Dalits in Gujarat are still with the BJP, though politicians like Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal chose to come to Gujarat only as the state it to go to polls next year. “They (Rahul, Kejriwal) never go to Karnataka or Bihar when atrocity against Dalits is reported,” he said.