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BJP slams Cong, says Gujarat CM resignation not a big issue

Updated: Aug 02, 2016 08:27 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal), Aug 2 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday downplayed Congress party's criticism over the resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and said that the grand old party is diminishing from the nation and the only work it now has is to find loop holes in the functioning of the saffron party.

BJP leader Rahul Sinha told ANI that Patel's resignation is not a big issue the party central leadership will resolve the issue soon.

"The Congress is slowly diminishing from the nation, they are not at all progressing, which is why all they do is find loop holes in the BJP. What Congress says it doesn't matter now," Said Sinha.

"She tendered her resignation citing a reason. The party will look in to the matter. BJP resident will take a decision. It is not a big issue, this keeps on happening, people come and go. We have full majority in Gujarat. The top party leadership will come with a solution and we will abide by that," he added.

Congress earlier today rubbished Patel's 'age' reason behind her resignation and said that the recent Dalit outrage in the state has pushed the latter to step down from the coveted post.

Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary said, "It is very sudden, she is talking of her age out of the blue. I don't think that age factor is the reason behind her resignation. I think she has tendered her resignation because of the recent Dalit outrage in the state."

"She is just trying to evade the damage. Lets us see what does Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to say in this regard, will he accept her resignation or not?" he added.

Patel earlier today submitted her resignation to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top brass asserting that the saffron party needs a fresh face in the state.

Patel, who took charge as Gujarat's first woman chief minister after Narendra Modi took charge as the Prime Minister, citing age issues had in her Facebook post earlier urged the BJP to relieve her from the coveted post.

Patel said that she had two months earlier sought to resign from the party to give "enough time to the new incumbent to prepare for important events like the upcoming 'Vibrant Gujarat Summit'.

Her government was criticised for its handling of the outrage created by the public flogging of four Dalit men by self-styled cow protection groups. (ANI)