Modi wants Saurabh Patel in Delhi

Vol 19, PW 5 (05 Nov 15) News in Brief

In Gandhinagar there's heightened speculation that Saurabh Patel, the state's articulate energy minister and friend of Narendra Modi, will move to Delhi after the Bihar elections conclude on November 8.

Senior BJP sources tell PETROWATCH the PM wants Patel by his side after Moody’s Analytics, the research arm of credit rating agency Moody’s Corporation - in a rare political intervention on October 29 - lashed out at Modi for allowing BJP ministers to make provocative statements against minority communities. Moody's said India risked losing credibility in India and globally.

“Modi has largely distanced himself from the nationalist jibes," says the Moody's report. "But the belligerent provocation of various Indian minorities has raised ethnic tensions.

" As Gujarat chief minister from 2001-2014 Modi was close to Patel. Widely perceived as a man of action more than words, Patel has won a reputation as an able administrator under whose watch the Gujarat power and gas sectors have flourished.