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Hardik claims Rupani has resigned; CM rubbishes it as "lies"

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

today stirred a controversy by making a claim about the resignation of Vijay Rupani, who rubbished it as "lies" and "false rumours".

said there was no question of resigning and that he will complete his five-year term.

During his visit to today, claimed that had resigned during yesterday's cabinet meeting after being asked by his party to do so.

"had resigned yesterday during the cabinet meet. I am saying this with full confidence. Rupani was asked to resign because he has failed to handle the administration properly," the 24-year-old quota agitation spearhead told reporters.

"A new will be appointed within 10 days. The party (BJP) will chose either a Patidar or a Rajput as the new chief minister," he further claimed.

Upon learning about such claims, Rupani said, "Hardik is spreading blatant lies to be in media. I wonder if he is aware about the procedure that the resignation has to be handed over to the at Raj Bhawan, not in the cabinet meeting."

Talking to reporters in Gandhinagar, he said there was absolutely no discussion going on in the party or government or at the senior leadership level about it (resignation).

"I have not given any resignation and there is no question of doing so because people have given us their mandate to serve them for five years," said Rupani.

Terming as a "agent", he said some people were spreading such false rumours to derail Gujarat's journey of development.

"It is possible that some people did not like the poll outcome. People know that he (Hardik) has worked as a agent for many years. Thus, it is natural that he is feeling uncomfortable. Otherwise, what he has claimed is totally false," Rupani added.

Deputy also rubbished such claims, saying it was the handiwork of the BJP's opponents.

"Our chief minister has not resigned. No such development took place yesterday. These all are false and baseless rumours being spread by the BJP's opponents to stir controversies. But, we (BJP leaders) will always remain together despite such rumours," he asserted.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 17:10 IST