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Patidar leader Nikhil Sawani resigns from BJP over 'fake' promises

Sawani also expressed his dissent over the Rs 1 crore offer that was placed in front of another Patidar leader Narendra Patel to join hands with the BJP

ANI  |  Ahmedabad 

Nikhil Sawani, BJP, Patidar
Nikhil Sawani. Photo: ANI

As the state gears up for the upcoming assembly elections, another leader Nikhil Sawani on Monday announced his resignation from the (BJP), citing the reason to be unfulfilled promises made by the party.

Addressing a press conference here, Sawani also expressed his dissent over the Rs 1 crore offer that was placed in front of another leader Narendra Patel to join hands with the

"I am submitting my resignation on account of the unfulfilled promises that were made by the for the betterment of the community. The reason why I had joined was the betterment of our community. None of the four proposals spoken about has been fulfilled. It seems like it was all election propaganda to muster support on their side," he said.

"I appreciate Narendra Patel for refusing the offered to him by BJP's Varun Patel. He comes from a middle-class family, yet he refused to accept the sum offered. While I was not offered any money while joining the party, I agree with Narendra Patel. Even I have heard about a lot of money being offered to conveners and others," Sawani added.

When posed with a question on whether he would be changing loyalties towards the Party, Sawani re-iterated that his prime agenda was the upliftment of the Patidars..

However, he also stated that he would seek the party vice president Rahul Gandhi's appointment and put forward his viewpoint.

"Myself and Hardik Patel, if time permits, would seek Rahul Gandhi's appointment to put forth our view. At the end of the day, we want the Patidars to be empowered. promised a lot, but nothing materialised. My resignation has nothing to do with Congress," he said.

Earlier on Sunday, Narendra Patel, a close aide of Hardik Patel, alleged that he was offered Rs 1 crore to join the BJP, adding that he had already received Rs. 10 lakh as token money.

Flashing the wads of notes in a press conference, he alleged that, "Varun Patel took me to a meeting where it was discussed that I will be given Rs 1 crore. In the meeting, they told me to keep Rs. 10 lakh and the rest money will be given to me later."

Varun Patel, however, rejected Patel's allegations and poked holes in his claims.

"He (Narendra Patel) should have conducted the press conference after taking Rs 1 crore rather than 10 lakh," he said.

First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 14:14 IST