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Will talk to Congress if Nitin Patel ready to leave BJP: Hardik Patel

File photo of Patidar leader Hardik Patel. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Dec 30, 2017, 08.20 AM (IST)

Patidar leader Hardik Patel today conveyed to Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel that he would talk to the Congress to "get him a good position" if he was ready to leave the BJP with the support of 10 legislators.

"If Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel along with 10 MLAs is ready to leave BJP, then will talk to Congress to get him a good position. If BJP does not respect him, he should leave the party," Hardik Patel told the press Sarangpur, Gujarat.

Nitin Patel, having been stripped of three key portfolios - finance, urban development and petroleum, did not assume office in the Sachivalaya in Gandhinagar on Friday even as many ministers took charge, PTI reported.

He ie yet to take charge of the portfolios alloted to him, days after being sworn-in for the second time. 

A source in the BJP told PTI that the Gujarat deputy chief minister, who used to handle important portfolios like finance and urban development in the previous government, has conveyed his displeasure to the party leadership over the departments alloted to him.

Asked about Nitin Patel's "unhappiness" with the party, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani did not give any reply.

Despite repeated attempts, Nitin Patel could not be reached for comments.

The BJP scraped through the Gujarat assembly elections, winning 99 seats in the 182-member assembly and only seven more than needed for a majority. The Congress had won 80 seats.  

(With inputs from agencies)