Indore: Amid speculations that some ministers would have to leave ministerial berth following humiliating defeat of Congress in the Lok Sabha elections in the state, higher education minister Jitu Patwari here on Friday stated that it’s the prerogative of chief minister Kamal Nath to decide who will stay and who will go. “We worked for Congress candidate Pankaj Sanghvi but he lost due to Modi wave,” Patwari said at a press conference where Sanghvi was also present. He said it would be wrong to comment on people’s verdict. “We humbly accept our defeat and will introspect,” said Patwari.
During elections campaign, Kamal Nath directed all ministers to work for victory of party candidates in their respective areas. He had threatened to remove those ministers from state cabinet who failed to secure victory for Congress candidates. Asked if he will tender resignation, Patwari said the question does not arise. He also did not take responsibility of Sanghvi’s defeat saying that nobody could withstand Modi wave. Responding to a query, Patwari said Kamal Nath government will complete its tenure.
Sanghvi said he lost elections but will continue to work for people. “My love for Indore and Indoreans will not change because of poll defeat. We respect the verdict of people but we also respect those who voted for us,” he stated. Sanghvi said he will work with BJP candidate Shankar Lalwani who won elections for development of Indore. “There are some common issues in our manifestos, we will talk with BJP on those issues and work towards them. I will extend my support to Lalwani wherever required,” Pankaj said.