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Hardik Patel says Gujarat CM Rupani has resigned, BJP accuses him of spreading rumours

During his visit to Rajkot on Thursday, Hardik Patel said Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani had resigned during Wednesday’s cabinet meeting after being asked by his party to do so. He said Rupani was asked to resign because he has failed to handle the administration properly.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2018 17:45 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad
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Hardik Patel (in blue) said the BJP will choose a new chief minister in Gujarat within 10 days, and it will be either a Patidar or Rajput.(PTI/File Photo)

Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Thursday stirred a controversy by making a claim about the resignation of Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, who rubbished it as “lies” and “false rumours”.

Rupani said there was no question of resigning and he will complete his five-year term. During his visit to Rajkot on Thursday, Patel claimed that Rupani had resigned during Wednesday’s cabinet meeting after being asked by his party to do so.

“Rupani had resigned on Wednesday during the cabinet meet. I am saying this with full confidence. Rupani was asked to resign because he has failed to handle the administration properly,” the 24-year-old quota agitation spearhead told reporters.

“A new chief minister will be appointed within 10 days. The party (BJP) will chose either a Patidar or a Rajput as the new chief minister,” he further claimed.

Upon learning about such claims, Rupani said, “Hardik is spreading blatant lies to be in media. I wonder if he is aware about the procedure that the resignation has to be handed over to the governor at Raj Bhawan, not in the cabinet meeting.”

Talking to reporters in Gandhinagar, he said there was absolutely no discussion going on in the party or the government or at the senior leadership level about his resignation.

“I have not given any resignation and there is no question of doing so because people have given us their mandate to serve them for five years,” said Rupani.

Terming Patel as a “Congress agent”, he said some people were spreading such false rumours to derail Gujarat’s journey of development.

“It is possible that some people did not like the poll outcome. People know that he (Hardik) has worked as a Congress agent for many years. Thus, it is natural that he is feeling uncomfortable. Otherwise, what he has claimed is totally false,” Rupani added.

Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel also rubbished such claims, saying it was the handiwork of the BJP’s opponents.

“Our chief minister has not resigned. No such development took place on Wednesday. These are all false and baseless rumours being spread by the BJP’s opponents to stir controversies. But, we in BJP will always remain together despite such rumours,” he said.

First Published: Jun 14, 2018 17:45 IST