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Gujarat chief minister resigned due to AAP’s growing popularity: Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel’s offer to resign was the “result of growing popularity” of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state, while the Congress insisted that the move was “long overdue”.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2016 23:53 IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said Anandiben Patel’s offer to resign as CM was the ’result of growing popularity’ of the Aam Aadmi Party in the state.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said Anandiben Patel’s offer to resign as CM was the ’result of growing popularity’ of the Aam Aadmi Party in the state.(Sushil Kumar/ HT File Photo)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel’s offer to resign was the “result of growing popularity” of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the state, while the Congress insisted that the move was “long overdue”.

“BJP is terribly scared,” Kejriwal tweeted soon after Patel made the announcement on Facebook. “The resignation is a victory of AAP’s fight against corruption in the state.”

The CM’s offer came a day after a massive protest by Dalits following the thrashing of four of their community members allegedly for skinning of a dead cow at Una in Gir Somnath district.

Soon after the incident that has put the ruling Bharartiya Janata Party (BJP) on a mat not only in Gujarat but poll-bound Uttar Pradesh as well, Kerjiwal and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited Una to meet the victims and their family members.

Assembly elections are due in Gujarat in December 2017 and both the Congress and the AAP are trying hard to dethrone the BJP, which has been ruling the state for 18 consecutive years since March 1998.

“It was long overdue,” said Congress general secretary in-charge of Gujarat Gurudas Kamat, reacting to the development.

He said the BJP leadership tried to “protect” Patel for several months in spite of “growing unrest among Dalits over atrocities” across the state, the “brutal manner of handling the Patidar community and also massive corruption”.

Kamat said it will be “like rubbing salt in their wounds” if she is taken in the Union cabinet or appointed governor.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmad Patel said the Gujarat CM’s move is an indication of the BJP’s “sure defeat” in the 2017 elections.