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Upset With Portfolio Allocation, Nitin Patel Revolts Against Gujarat Cabinet

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| December 30 , 2017 , 13:36 IST

Red flags have started raising within 5 days of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's second tenure due to his sulking second-in-command Nitin Patel. The Deputy CM is reportedly upset over being stripped of the key portfolios like Finance, Urban Development and Petroleum ministries.

While the rest of cabinet ministers assumed their respective offices on Friday, the upset Patel missed his office in the Sachivalaya of Gandhinagar. Reports suggest that with no mood to put up with any further embarrassing drama, Nitin has threatened to resign if his desired portfolios are not handed to him within 3-days.

As per news reports The Deputy Chief Minister, who had made his displeasure known to the top leadership over key portfolios being taken away from him on Thursday, was told that his grievance would be resolved in two days. Patel is adamant that if his bosses do not keep their word, he will quit on the grounds that his self-respect is being hurt.

Patel seems to be upset over numerous issues including being deprived of the Finance portfolio, which in normal circumstances is kept for the Deputy CM has been handed to his junior Saurabh Patel whereas the other key profiles like urban development and petroleum were taken up by Rupani himself.

Officials are mum over the issue and are suggesting no such dispute in the cabinet. BJP state president Jitu Vaghani assured, "There is no dispute or differences between any leaders to my knowledge. If there is any problem, we will sort it out."

Patel admitted to putting up issues and demanding the portfolios back while speaking to a news portal. He said, "There is nothing wrong in asking for my portfolios back as it is about my self-respect. What is the point of being the deputy chief minister if I hold less important portfolios. I have aired my disagreement to the right person."

Patidar leader Hardik Patel when got the whiff of tension in the Gujarat cabinet urged Patel to quit BJP. He promised to converse with Congress for allocating a respectable position to him if he leaves the party with 10 more MLAs.