Gujarat Patidar leader Hardik Patel on Saturday said the new chief minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, was a foreigner and the BJP’s double standards had been exposed by giving him the top post.
In a statement, Hardik said the people of his community were against the decision of the BJP to make Amit Shah’s loyalist Vijay Rupani the state’s CM.
He said once PM Narendra Modi was opposed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s elevation as a PM as she was Italian. But now a person born in Myanmar has been made the CM. “This has exposed the real face of the BJP. The party has handed over the state to a foreigner.”
Rupani was born in Rangoon, Myanmar, but his family moved to Rajkot in Gujarat in 1960 following political instability in Burma.
Hardik added that Nitin Patel, who has been appointed as the first deputy CM of the state, should resign if he has any self respect. “Being from the Patidar community, he should have no truck with the BJP,” said Patel.