On the opposition criticism of the power shortage, Patel said "The Opposition leaders are unnecessarily raising a hue and cry, let them touch the electric wire once and feel it!!". 
"They say government gas done nothing, what to say to these blind guys who can not see irrigation channels that run many kilometres?" - J H Patel, Sagara 1996
[along with Ramakrishna Hegde and Sushma Swaraj ]
When asked to take the responsibility of power ministry or execise ministry patel remarked, "One gives shock, other a kick! I think I like them both!"
- Ramakrishna Hegde says 
"I like wine and women and wife knows about it!" - J H Patel
``Hegde says there is power, power and power at Delhi and the state has to buy it. I do not know which power Hegde is talking about. Certainly it is not electricity'', Chief Minister J H Patel said in a sharp reaction to Union Commerce Minister's statement that state can buy power from the central power grid on downpayment.
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