Political future of Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel hangs in balance despite his claim 'All Good'

The Bhartiya Janata Party government in Gujarat seems to be in a crisis as the stage is set for a cabinet reshuffle within a few days and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel is likely to be shown the doors. According to sources within the party, Nitin Patel is in a mood to launch his own party with a few more BJP MLAs.

The Bhartiya Janata Party government in Gujarat seems to be in a crisis as the stage is set for a cabinet reshuffle within a few days and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel is likely to be shown the doors. According to sources within the party, Nitin Patel is in a mood to launch his own party with a few more BJP MLAs.

Though Deputy CM Patel has claimed today that everything is good in the party and it is just another rumour, but party insiders say otherwise.

The insiders within the party claim that the relations between the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel has never been so bad. But now as the situation has worsened, there is a strong possibility that the Deputy CM may be relieved from his duties along with a few other ministers. Sources claim that the decision has already been passed on to the Deputy Chief Minister.

On condition of anonymity they insiders also did not rule out the possibility of Nitin Patel's resignation from the party thereafter. If the insiders are to be believed, the central government leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are not in a mood to let go Gujarat like this during the next Lok Sabha elections. The results in the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha has made the central office of BJP to rethink and re consider the roles of the administrators in the state.

Under the leadership of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the centre believes, it is hard to maintain the BJP vote bank despite being offered the CMs post for the second time in a row. But as Rupani, a close confidante of BJP president Amit Shah cannot be 'touched', the axe may fall upon Ntin Patel who does not have a good rapport with the centre now.

This was evident during the visit of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to the state recently. While Deputy CM Patel is the biggest name in the list there are a few more to bear the brunt. Senior party leaders and ministers Purshottam Solanki, CK Rauji and Babu Bokhiriya too are either to shunted out or be given portfolios of less importance.

If sources are to be believed, as nothing is permament in politics, if Nitin Patel takes an extreme step, like joining any other party or forming a new one, atleast 25-30 MLAs from Patel faction may switch sides as well which will be a real headache to the present CM and the Gujarat Government.