Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Monday evening that the BJP is terrified of AAP’s growing popularity in Gujarat, which is why it accepted state chief minister Anandiben Patel’s offer to resign. Kejriwal, Delhi’s chief minister, tweeted this minutes after news broke that Patel, on Facebook, told her party leadership she’s willing to resign. Later, the BJP accepted her resignation.
State assembly elections are due in Gujarat in December next year. Kejriwal also tweeted that Patel’s resignation is essentially a victory for AAP’s war against corruption. Patel has been under pressure after corruption allegations against her family members and also after rising atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat.+ Kejriwal has been pushing the BJP hard on the Dalit atrocities issue. In her Facebook post, Patel said she’s offering to resign as she turns 75 soon and that’s the age of retirement for BJP members. She will turn 75 on November 21. Apart from the assembly polls due next year, Gujarat will also hold the Vibrant Summit in January 2017. Patel later told the media the BJP needs a fresh face in the state ahead of state polls.
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