Nikhil Savani, the BJP’s Patel leader in Gujarat, has quit the party, just weeks after he had joined the saffron party with 150 of his supporters.
Savani is believed to close to Patidar leader, Hardik Patel, and is also the Surat convenor of PAAS. He told reporters on Monday, “I heard about BJP offering Rs 1 crore to Narendra Patel and I am very upset. I am, therefore, quitting the party.”
Savani had joined the BJP in September.
On Sunday, Narendra Patel, had sensationally alleged that the BJP offered him Rs 1 crore to join the party ahead of the assembly elections.
Speaking to media in Ahmedabad, Patel, who’s also the convenor of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti in Mehsana, had showed the cash of Rs 10 lakh that was allegedly paid to him as a token money by two Patidar leaders, who had joined the BJP on Saturday.
Patel told reporters that his decision to accept Rs 10 lakh was to ‘expose’ the game-plan of both the BJP and Varun Patel and Reshma Patel.
He had said, “Varun Patel took me to a meeting where it was discussed that I will be given Rs 1 crore and I received the money from his hands. This is a corruption money and not something I’ve earned through hard work. So, I will be returning this money. I had joined the movement for Patidar community, not to face the insult by the government.”
While the BJP has not reacted, Varun Patel said that there was no truth in the allegation adding that Narendra Patel ought to have gone to the media after taking Rs 1 crore.