In an exclusive interview with THE WEEK, Patel talks about his challenges and plans:
Q/ Were you expecting to be appointed as state working president?
A/ It happened suddenly so I was a bit worried, too. It is necessary to shoulder this responsibility as, perhaps for the first time in its history, the party has given this [role] to a 26-year-old.
For me, it is not happiness. It is a responsibility. I will surely succeed. But, for this, I will have to start work from now. My target is to have 50 strong youth in each of the 16,000 villages of Gujarat. They should fight for the party, die for the party. They will be used in the 2022 assembly elections.
We will also keep away from the politics of ‘opposing’ and focus on solving problems. For example, if there is an electricity problem in a village, we do not have to go there and hurl abuses at Narendrabhai (Prime Minister Modi) or the Gujarat government. The idea is to see how the government solves the problem.
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