The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hoped to put up a major show of strength of Patels at a rally here on Thursday in the presence of national party President Amit Shah to honour new Patel Ministers in the newly installed Vijay Rupani government.

Dubbed Rajasvi Sanman Samaroh (royal felicitation ceremony), the event was expected to send the message to agitating Patidar leaders like Hardik Patel that the BJP continues to hold sway over the community.

Besides Amit Shah, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also attended the programme where all Patel legislators and ministers were honoured. It has been organised by Patidar Sanman Samiti.

The BJP has been holding a series of meetings and public contact programmes across Surat to make the event a huge success.

Several BJP leaders had been stationed in the diamond city of Surat to reach out to Patels in residential societies as well as public places. Some leaders were also holding one-on-one meetings with prominent people of the community.

"It is our tradition that whenever any community member achieves something, he or she is honoured. The Patels, as part of this tradition, have decided to felicitate Patel leaders who have taken over as new state party President (Jitubhai Vaghani) and Ministers," Purushottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture, said.

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