Friday, August 31, 2012

Change the govt if you want change, says Keshubhai

Hinting at his exit from the BJP, former chief minister Keshubhai Patel has said that he would field candidates either under the Mahagujarat Janta Party (MJP) banner of would float a new party.
    He made this statement following reports that just like in 2007, he would calm down just before the polls and remain within the BJP fold while accepting the party leadership’s decisions.
    “I ask the people of this state that if you
want see a change, then change the government as it is an insensitive and anti-poor government led by chief minister Narendra Modi,’’ Keshubhai Patel said while addressing a ‘Parivartan Sammelan’ in the city on Wednesday.
    He said criminals are roaming scotfree and they have no fear of the state police.
    This was the third sammelan after Bhavnagar and Junagadh in which Patel gave a call for change of guard in the forthcoming polls.
    Attacking Modi on the issue of US having denied him a visa, he said, “I ask him (Modi) to purify his character. Everyone would invite you.”
    Trying to garner support among the cotton farmers, Patel charged that Modi government has failed to give the cotton farmers their due and has instead tried to hold the Centre responsible for the farmers’ woes.
    “Many projects funded by central government are being claimed by Modi as his own. There is no BJP government in the state, but a one-man government,’’ Patel said.
    He also attacked the BJP’s ‘Dhandan’ campaign and went on to call it an extortion racket.
    Thousands of people turned up to attend the sammelan, which was attended by former Union minister Kashiram Rana, former chief minister Suresh Mehta and former home minister Gordhan Zadaphia.