Los Angeles NRI hotelier, Chandu K. Patel, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with a large number of his supporters. In 2007, he lost Gujarat assembly elections on a Congress ticket by 8,700 votes.
Patel said, "I am impressed by the dynamic leadership of the chief minister Mr.Modi. It is due to his sincere efforts that Nano has come to Gujarat."
It is considered to be a big blow for the Congress in the state. He was the richest candidate with assets totalling Rs.2.21 billion.
- C.K Patel, MBA, based in LA , California owns many motels, hotels and prestigious Ocean Front Hilton Hotel resort located at Dana Point, California.
- Assets totalling Rs.2.21 billion
- He was president of the National Federation of Indian-American Associations (NFIAA)