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After Nitin, another Gujarat minister sulks

Gandhinagar: After Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel created a stir over allocation of portfolios not befitting his status, Gujarat Koli community veteran Parshottam Solanki on Tuesday threw a tantrum asking Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to give him"better","more than one"and a Cabinet status after winning five terms in a row. Solanki, once accused by the Srikrishna Commission in connection with the 1993 Mumbai communal riots, also held out a veiled threat that his Koli community would"demonstrate this during the 2019 Lok Sabha election whom they support and who they won't". The minister, who represents the Koli community that has a whopping 26 per cent population concentrated in the key Saurashtra region, called on Rupani and told him that it was a sentiment of his community to have a better say for him in the government."I came to meet the Chief Minister but got stuck in bad traffic and his chamber was choc-a-bloc with people and we could not have a detailed chat. He said a decision about this could be taken after three days,"Solanki said at the Sachivalaya in Gandhinagar."I am not asking for anything, it is my community that is asserting and feels that I, since I am the only one in the government." (IANS)


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