Ahmedabad, Dec 30: Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, miffed after non-allocation of desired portfolios, on Saturday said he has expressed his feelings to  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah. Putting an end to the speculations of leaving the saffron party, Patel said that the issue is about self-respect. Patel who took oath on December 26 has refused to join office after the first cabinet meeting. Patel’s supporter Lalji Patel has called a bandh in the Mehsana region of the state on Sunday. Also Read - West Bengal Election 2021: BJP Likely to Release First List of Candidates With 60 Names Soon

“I have conveyed my feelings to the party high-command and I am hopeful that they will give a proper reply to my feelings soon,” he told reporters at his residence. Patel also thanked his supporters who visited him on Saturday. [Also read: ‘Displeased’ Nitin Patel Should Leave BJP if Party Doesn’t Respects Him: Hardik Patel] Also Read - West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: Suvendu to Get Ticket From Nandigram? BJP to Finalise List of 60 Names Today

Patel said that entire issue is related with self-respect and it has nothing to do with allotted departments. “This is not about some departments, this is about self- respect,” Patel said. Also Read - AAP Sweeps Delhi MCD Bypolls, Arvind Kejriwal Says People Now Want Good Work In Municipality Too

After the swearing-in ceremony, Patel was allotted road and building, health, medical education, Narmada, Kalpsar and capital projects. Earlier, he used to have important departments such as finance and urban development in the previous government.

Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel said that Patel has been sidelined in the party after serving it for 27 years.  “As a veteran politician, Nitin bhai has worked hard for 27 years to ensure that the BJP stays in power. The (Patel) community members need to understand that such politicians are being sidelined (in the BJP),” said Hardik Patel.

Hardik Patel said  Nitin Patel should quit the party and they will form the government with the support of Congress.“We will talk to the Congress to take in Nitin bhai and give him a post he deserves,” added Hardik.