The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday downplayed the Congress’s criticism over the resignation of Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel, saying the grand old party was diminishing in the country and was now only focussed on finding loopholes in the functioning of the saffron party.
BJP leader Rahul Sinha told ANI that Patel’s resignation is not a big issue and the central leadership would resolve the issue soon.
“The Congress is slowly diminishing from the nation, they are not at all progressing, which is why all they do is find loopholes in the BJP. What Congress says it doesn’t matter now,” said Sinha.
“She tendered her resignation citing a reason. The party will look in to the matter. The BJP president will take a decision. It is not a big issue, this keeps on happening; people come and go. We have full majority in Gujarat. The top party leadership will come with a solution and we will abide by that,” he added.
Congress earlier on Tuesday rubbished Patel’s reason that her age was the reason for her resignation and said the recent Dalit outrage in the state had pushed her to step down.
Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary said, “It is very sudden, she is talking of her age out of the blue. I don’t think that the age factor is the reason behind her resignation. I think she has tendered her resignation because of the recent Dalit outrage in the state”.
“She is just trying to evade the damage. Let us see what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to say in this regard, will he accept her resignation or not?” she added.
Patel on Tuesday submitted her resignation to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top brass, asserting that the saffron party needs a fresh face in the state.
Patel, who took charge as Gujarat’s first woman chief minister after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, had urged the BJP to relieve her of her duties in a Facebook post. She said she had two months earlier sought to resign from the party to give “enough time to the new incumbent to prepare for important events like the upcoming ‘Vibrant Gujarat Summit’”.
Opposition parties had come down hard on her government for it poor handling of the Patidar protests and the outrage over the public flogging of four Dalit youths by self-styled cow protection vigilantes.