Nitin Patel is the deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat. He was expected to replace Anandi Ben Patel, but the party took unanimous decision in favor of Viajy Roopani. However, Nitin Patel is given wide responsibility for the party. He is going to lead the state at a very crucial time, not only for the administration, but also for his party the BJP. His party can’t afford to lose the next Assembly Election scheduled to be held in November, 2017. Without the charisma of Narendra Modi and strategy of Amit Shah, the state BJP needs to show that it can give result even without Modi. In this context, Nitin Patel has to ensure that the reservation stir led by his caste men – Patel or Patidar doesn’t go out of hand as well as he is required to make Dalits realize that their safety is the responsibility of the Government.
Profile of Nitin Patel
Nitin Patel was born on 22nd June, 1956 in Visnagar, Mehsana district of Gujarat. He was quite a brilliant student during his college days. His father Rati Lal Patel was a well-known figure around the area known for his social works. He was also known for being an active member of the BJP. After completing B. Com he got involved in Cotton Grinning and Oil Pressing businesses. At the same time, he continued to work for the RSS and the BJP.
He made an entry into active politics in 1990 when he became an MLA in the Eighth Gujarat Legislative Assembly. Since then, he has been a prominent face of the party in Gujarat. He represents Kadi Assembly seat of Mehsana district.
He has held many positions both in various committees and ministries. There is no denying that he has justified trust shown on him with all responsibilities. However, his inability to pacify Patel in the reservation drama is considered a blot on his career. He had headed 7 members Committee to resolve the issue, but got little or no success.
Interestingly, it is the same reservation issue which has made him the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
The politics of Gujarat has changed after the exit of Narendra Modi. It is tantamount to a lion leaving a particular jungle and as the news of the exit of lion spreads many small time players/animals started to create drama.
Family of Nitin Patel
Nitin Patel is married to Sulochana Ben Patel. The couple has two sons, namely Jaimini Patel and Sunny Patel.