Ahmedabad: The deputy chief minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel and controversies seem to go hand in hand everywhere. Lately, he has been subject to some embarrassing moments that were captured in the lens and turned him into laughing stock for the citizens and opposition alike. The senior BJP leader on Monday visited the famous Shiva shrine of Somnath in Gujarat with his family. Somebody had shot a video of him stopping his son from putting money inside the donation box of the temple. The video that was first telecast in local news channels later got extensively shared on social media, inviting ridicule and jibes from various corners.
A few days ago, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Gujarat for a one-day trip to attend social functions and inaugurate development schemes, he was welcomed at the airport by chief minister Vijay Rupani and the Dy.CM. A picture clicked at the tarmac, which showed Patel offering a flower to the PM while Rupani stood next to him looked as if the PM and the CM were disgruntled at Patel. Soon the picture went viral on social media platforms with many taking potshots at Patel for being disliked by big leaders from the party.
Anyone who follows the Gujarat politics is aware of Patel’s discontent on not being made the state CM after Anandiben Patel stepped down due to her failure to quell the Patidar reservation agitation. Patel’s dissatisfaction over the allocation of ministries to him was taken care of by making him the deputy to Rupani, but it angered many leaders of the party and that there is a rise in dislike for him in the party.
Now the question arises that were these embarrassing situations faced by the Dy CM a mere coincidence or somebody is willingly putting him into trouble. Patel came out in defense of the Monday’s viral video saying that he only discouraged his son from putting money in the box because he was to donate silver and Rs 11,000 to the Somnath temple and that his son too should give the money along with these gifts. It’s a well-known fact that mobile phones and other electronic devices are not allowed into the temple, then who shot the clip? The argument that it could be CCTV footage doesn’t hold much water as only a six-second clip is being circulated and nothing before or after the incident.
Even the picture where the PM and CM looks with disgust at the tarmac seems like it was clicked by someone who has access to take photographs from close vicinity of the PM and there is a slight chance that it was purposely circulated after noticing that this click could do a good amount of harm to the reputation of Patel. This is probably a malicious attempt to tarnish the image of the senior BJP and Patidar community leader, something which even the party couldn’t blame the opposition of mischief.