Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday called Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel a mere scapegoat used by the party to save its face ahead of the upcoming elections in the state.
Blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the unrest in Gujarat, Rahul tweeted, “13 years of Modi rule, not 2 years of Anandiben are responsible for Gujarat burning. Sacrificing the scapegoat won’t save the BJP.”
Sacrificing the scapegoat won’t save BJP, Rahul tweets on Anandiben resignation
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13 years of Modi rule, not 2 years of Anandiben are responsible for Gujarat burning. Sacrificing the scapegoat won’t save the BJP
8:19 AM – 2 Aug 2016
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Anandiben, who has been facing sharp criticism for the way she handled the Patel quota stir and the recent Dalit protests, resigned on Monday citing the age factor. In a Facebook post, she said she wanted to be relieved of her charges before she turned 75 – the age limit for ministers in Modi’s cabinet – this November.
Top BJP sources said she is likely to take over as Governor of Punjab.
Under Patel’s leadership, the BJP has faced some tough challenges, including a poor show in the rural civic bodies polls in December 2015.
She also had to face the fierce Patel community quota agitation, one of the factors which contributed to BJP losing in rural local bodies polls, while retaining urban areas.