Nana Patole, who resigned on Friday from the Lok Sabha and the BJP, has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his OBC credentials for political gains.
Patole, who had resigned over Modi’s questionable style of functioning, had resigned alleging that the BJP had failed to keep the promises it had made to the people, particularly farmers.
Speaking to reporters in Nagpur on Saturday, Patole accused the prime minister of “double standards” while also alleging that Modi was using his other backward classes (OBC) credentials for electoral and political gains, but had done nothing for the benefit of OBCs and farmers.
“Day before yesterday, the prime minister reacting to Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar’s comment had said in an election rally that he was being hounded as he came from a ‘neechi jaati’. This really made me furious at the double standards of PM Narendra Modi,” Patole was quoted by PTI.
Patole, a former Congress leader, had was elected to the Lok Sabha from Maharastra’s Bhandara-Gondia constituency on BJP’s ticket in 2014 general elections.
He told reporters, “In a meeting at the PM’s residence last year, I had raised the problems being faced by OBCs and demanded a separate ministry for OBCs. However, PM Modi shouted at me and questioned its need, saying OBCs don’t need it.”
He said the same prime minister was now seeking votes in Gujarat invoking his OBC credentials.
Patole said that he would be touring Ahmedabad on Monday to highlight the “double standards” of Modi.
“I will visit my constituency Bhandara-Gondia on 15-16 December followed by visits to Gadchiroli and Chandrapur,” Patole said.
(With inputs from PTI)