Did Gujarat’s deputy CM Nitin Patel call Patidars fool? Angry Hardik Patel hits back


Hours after Patidar leader Hardik Patel announced all was well between him and the Congress party, Gujarat’s Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel referred to him as a fool.

Speaking to media Nitin Patel said, “Moorkh ne darkhwast di aur moorkh ne darkhwast maani, aur doosre ko moorkh bolte hain. (A fool made an application and the other fool accepted it. And they call others fool.)”

The ‘fool’ comment did not go down well with Hardik, who shot back with a warning. He said, “The Gujarat’s deputy CM has called the Patidar community fools. Dear people of BJP, don’t you dare call the people of Gujarat fools. The same people of Gujarat will teach you a lesson.”

In another tweet Hardik said, “Sometime they threaten to chop off your hands, sometime they call us fools. Gujarat doesn’t belong to only BJP. People will do what they feel is right. No one will be allowed to dictate their terms on us.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Hardik confirmed that the Congress party had accepted ‘our issues.’ Speaking to media amidst speculations that he had fallen out with the Congress party, the young Patel leader said that the two sides agreed to give Patidars reservations.

He said, “Congress has agreed to give Patidars reservations under section 31 and provisions of section 46.Congress will bring in a bill when they come in power in Gujarat.”

The announcement appears to have left the BJP rattled as the deputy CM held an emergency media conference to launch an attack on Hardik. It seems his ‘fool’ remarks may cause more damage to the saffron party’s poll prospects in Gujarat, which goes to polls in two stages on 9 and 14 December. The counting will take place on 18 December.