Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel, who was one of the frontrunners for the chief minister’s post but missed the bus yet again, got teary-eyed on Monday.
After Bhupendra Patel called on him on Monday morning ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, Nitin Patel said, “Bhupendra Patel is an old family friend. I congratulated him. We will be happy to see him take oath as the CM. He has also asked for my guidance whenever needed.”
“I’m not upset. I have been working in BJP since I was 18 and will keep on working. Whether I get a position in the party or not, I will continue serving in the party,” said Nitin Patel.
Nitin Patel had tears in his eyes after meeting Bhupendra Patel. He said the party has given him a lot in the 30 years of his association and there are no qualms.
Nitin Patel, a veteran Gujarat BJP leader, was one of the frontrunners for the chief minister’s post but was taken by surprise with the announcement of Bhupendra Patel, a first-time MLA.
Hours after the announcement, Nitin Patel had said he has seen many ups and downs and also asserted that nobody can “throw him out” as he lives in people’s hearts.
Nitin Patel, while addressing people during a function in Mehsana town on Sunday evening, also said in a lighter vein that he was not the only one who had missed the bus as there were “many others” like him.
There was speculation that he was unhappy after Bhupendra Patel was chosen as the next chief minister in a meeting of BJP MLAs at the party headquarters ‘Kamalam’ in Gandhinagar on Sunday, a day after Vijay Rupani tendered his resignation from the top post.
However, Nitin Patel said there was no substance in such claims. He said that on Sunday, he left the BJP office only after taking permission from the BJP’s Gujarat in-charge Bhupender Yadav.
Nitin Patel was not there when outgoing CM Vijay Rupani accompanied Bhupendra Patel when the latter went to meet Governor Acharya Devvrat for staking claim to form the government.