Monday, September 24, 2012

Decision on new party to be taken in 10 days: Keshubhai

Third Front To Contest All 182 Seats

Vadodara: BJP dissidents will take a decision to float a new political party in the
next 10 days and the new front will contest all 182 seats, former chief minister (CM)
Keshubhai Patel said here on Sunday.
“In next 10 days, we will decide whether to float a new party or join MJP,” said
Patel, addressing media persons after the sammelan, adding that this front will contest
all the 182 assembly seats with public support.
Patel was in the city to attend the fifth ‘Parivartan sammelan’ organized by
detractors of chief minister Narendra Modi said this here on Sunday.
Besides attacking Modi, Patel even targeted central BJP leaders L K Advani
and former party president M Venkaiah Naidu in his speech at Sir Sayajirao Nagargruh
in Akota. Former chief minister Suresh Mehta, former union minister Kashiram Rana,
president of Mahagujarat Janta Party (MJP) Gordhan Zadaphia among others were
present at the event.
Ahead of the sammelan, Zadaphia on Saturday had hinted that a new political
party may not be formed and dissidents may eventually become a part of the MJP as
there was little time to form a new party.
Patel said both Advani and Naidu had promised him in 2006 that they will
change Modi.
“I had undergone knee operation but they had insisted that I should reach
Mumbai where the core committee had held its meeting. During tea break, both of them
came to meet and informed me that the core committee had already taken the decision
to remove Modi in two months. Later, however they did not keep their promise on
changing leadership in Gujarat,” said Patel.
The senior BJP leader reiterated that Modi had “blackmailed” the top brass of
BJP to secure the chief minister post for himself. “He had threatened to commit suicide
by staging a hunger strike at Advani’s residence,” he said.
Interestingly, a group of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers also
attended the function that witnessed presence of former minister and retired IPS officer
Jaspal Singh who was suspended from BJP last year, veteran RSS pracharak and
former national convener of Swadeshi Jagran Manch Lalji Patel and president of
Gujarat Rajya Shala Sanchalak Mandal Ambubhai Patel.