Ahmedabad: After news outlets earlier this week reported of Bharatiya Janata Party’s plan to remove the veteran leader and the deputy chief minister of Gujarat Nitin Patel from the outfit, he had on Thursday tweeted from his social media profile on Twitter to refute these reports and claimed them to be rumors. Later today (Friday)he spoke to a group of journalists where he said that few people are trying to malign his image and reputation by spreading rumors and propaganda like this.

I have been a Jansangh volunteer since 1972 and have facilitated the joining of thousands of people into the BJP. I was offered the post of chief minister twice. The people have given the mandate to BJP for efficient leadership, but a handful few are busy spreading rumors instead of working towards solving people’s issues. The central and Gujarat government is doing a great job under the leadership of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. At such times, some mischievous elements are trying attempting false propaganda through social media, said Patel.

A vexed Patel further added, “At a time when the state government is doing exemplary work in the rural areas with the Jal Sanchay Abhiyan and my own ministry is working towards the welfare of the citizens, I am disappointed by the fact that the citizens are being distracted from the good work of government towards such rumours.” It is to be noted that Patel spoke highly about Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi, but didn’t mention anything about the chief minister of state Vijay Rupani even once. The BJP Media cell had not even acknowledged the tweet of Nitin Patel, and as a result, Patel’s clarification didn’t reach the masses.