Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s son Faisal Patel today dropped a big hint that he could be on his way out.
Ahmed Patel, a close aide of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her political secretary, died in 2020.
Faisal Patel, 41, had recently said he was not sure about formally joining the Congress.
“Tired of waiting around. No encouragement from the top brass. Keeping my options open,” he tweeted today.
Tired of waiting around. No encouragement from the top brass. Keeping my options open
– Faisal Patel (@mfaisalpatel) April 5, 2022
The post triggered talk about Faisal Patel making his political debut in a different party ahead of elections later this year in Gujarat, his home state.
He also tweeted that he would be touring parts of Gujarat. “Starting 1st of April, I will be touring the 7 assembly seats of Bharuch & Narmada districts. My team will assess the current reality of the political situation and will make major changes if needed to accomplish our main goal- win all 7 seats god willing,” he tweeted on March 27.
His recent meeting with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal intensified speculation. AAP has been trying to make inroads in Gujarat.
Ahmed Patel, a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, was one of the Congress’s trouble-shooters and a confidante of the Gandhi family. He died of Covid-related complications.
His son Faisal’s tweet reflects the general disgruntlement and drift in the party, which has worsened over serial election defeats.
Several leaders, including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada, Ashwani Kumar and RPN Singh have quit the party in the last two years.
The party fears more exits after its latest election defeats, in five states.
Already, there are reports of disenchantment in the Congress’s Gujarat unit.