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Patidar Leaders Vs BJP: Narendra Patel Alleges Horse Trading, Nikhil Savani Quits Party

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| October 23 , 2017 , 11:09 IST

As the Gujarat state assembly elections approach, with high stakes for the BJP and the Congress, Patidar leader Narendra Patel, the convenor of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) Mehsana, has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) offered him Rs 1 crore to join the ruling BJP in Gujarat, while another Patidar leader Nikhil Savani quit the BJP a day after joining.  

Although initial reports said that Patel leader was to join the BJP, in a press conference on Sunday, Patel displayed Rs 10 lakh in currency notes alleging that the BJP had offered him Rs 1 crore to join their party of which the Rs 10 lakh was an advance.

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Patel said that new BJP joinee, Patidar leader Varun Patel took him to meet the Gujarat BJP president Jitubhai Vaghani and other leaders on Sunday.

 “Varun took me around in Gandhinagar and then took me to Shree Kamalam office of the BJP and introduced me to Jitubhai Vaghani and some ministers. He then took me to a room and handed over a bag of Rs 10 lakh cash as token and promised to pay me Rs 90 lakh tomorrow after a party function which I was required to attend,” Patel told a crowded a press conference late on Sunday.

“They made a deal of Rs 1 crore on me. One crore? Even if they bestow the entire Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on me, I will not be bought over. Even if I have to die, fighting for the cause,” Patel claimed.

Nikhil Savani, who had joined the BJP a few weeks back addressed a press conference on Monday morning announcing his exit.  

“It was my mistake to join the BJP. The Saffron party does not want any development for the Patidars. It is engaged in buy and sell politics” added Savani.