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I've heard different stories on why Sardar Patel was not selected for PM post. Some says it was Gandhi who opted Nehru over Patel, whereas some suggests it was Sardar Patel who stepped back from PM post.

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that is one mistake done by Gandhi india still paying for it ... and according to my study its because Nehru was bag to Gandhi to make him pm –  NullPoiиteя May 10 '13 at 18:12
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Patel himself withdrew from the race on Gandhi's request. As for why this request was made by Gandhi, this is a matter of speculation since Gandhi would rarely give reasons for his decisions. People speculate that it could be due to either Patel's close relations with the Hindu right-wing, and his acrimony with the leftist leaders. Though Nehru had never gone against Gandhi's wishes publicly, he was never known as a Gandhian leader.

Sources: http://deshgujarat.com/2007/10/30/how-sardar-patel-did-not-become-first-pm-of-indiavideo/ http://www.culturalindia.net/leaders/sardar-vallabhbhai-patel.html

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+1 but can you please add sources? –  Felix Goldberg Mar 4 '13 at 11:23
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@FelixGoldberg Someone has added a source, and I will let that remain for now. But I would like a better source (maybe some biography of Patel or history of Indian National Congress). I had first heard this mainly from leaders of India's opposition party, who seem to admire Patel more nowadays than the Congress. –  Arani Mar 7 '13 at 15:48
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The neo-feudalistic Nehru, hated Patel who was from agrarian background, and the Feudal Arrogance of Nehru could not imagine himself to be none other than the Supreme, he would have played dirty games even if Mahatma were to on the top seat. He coerced Mahatma who too was unfair and wrong at least in this episode of the history, for asking Patel to withdraw the candidature.It was the first stab on democracy.

http://urgrounded.blogspot.com/2013/11/patel-and-nehru-then-foes-now-bff.html

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-1 it sounds very partisan and not very reliable. –  Felix Goldberg Nov 1 '13 at 22:29
    
The more emotional the post, the more desperately references are required. –  Pieter Geerkens Nov 2 '13 at 2:32
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Sardar Patel got off to a "bad start" with Gandhi.

"Upon hearing of Mohandas Gandhi, he joked to Mavlankar that Gandhi would "ask you if you know how to sift pebbles from wheat. And that is supposed to bring independence."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardar_Vallabhbhai_Patel

It's true, per one of the comments that they took a liking to each other later, and that Patel became one of Gandi's closest adherents.

But Patel may have clashed with Gandhi again later.

"Criticism arose from Bose's supporters, socialists and other Congressmen that Patel himself was acting in an authoritarian manner in his defence of Gandhi's authority."

These (and other factors) may have caused Patel to lose a "horse race" with Nehru for Gandhi's endorsement. Even a small amount of "friction" may cause a leader to (dis)favor one supporter relative to another.

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Downvote, sorry. This quote is from 1917, apparently before Patel actually met Gandhi in person. But very soon afterwards he became one of Gandhi's closest adherents - and it's all spelt out in the rest of the paragraph from which you quoted. –  Felix Goldberg Mar 1 '13 at 17:44
    
@FelixGoldberg: I have amended my answer to incorporate your comment. Would you consider "undownvoting" it? –  Tom Au Mar 1 '13 at 18:25
    
Sure - done.... –  Felix Goldberg Mar 1 '13 at 18:53
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