Thursday, November 22, 2012

300 more BJP, Cong workers join GPP

Gujarat EDN

AM 29AUG2012

On Tuesday, Cong leader Ishwar Patel from Halvad-Surendranagar and BJP leader Pranjivan Kundaliya joined Keshubhai’s party


    Callitthegrowingdisenchantment with the ruling party or an unappealing opposition party, a large number of people, including members of both the BJP and Congress, are now joining hands with former chief minister Keshubhai Patel.
    Since the time Keshubhai resigned from the BJP and launched the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP), morethan52,000people,including BJP and Congress workers, are said to have joined the new political outfit.
    The 84-year-old veteran politician’s declared aim of bringing about change in the lives of farmers and the common man seems to have struck a chord among the masses.
    Tuesday’s rally at Halvad addressedbyKeshubhaiandotherGPP members, Suresh Mehta, Kashiram Rana and Gordhan Zadaphia, was attended by thousands of people.
    ProminentCongressleaderfrom Halvad-Surendrnagar, Ishwarbhai Patel, was among the 300 BJP and Congress workers who announced their joining the GPP at the rally. In Jamnagar, BJP leader Pranjivan Kundaliya joined the GPP.
    GPP secretary Gordhan Zadaphia said, “With each meeting, more than 3,000 workers have been coming out in support of Keshubhai. They are joining GPP because pressurefromlocalsispushingthem for a change in their condition. Peoplewantathirdfront.Formerminister Madhubhai Bhuva of the Congress from Rajula-Surendranagar joined GPP today (Tuesday).”
    New inductees to the GPP from the BJP include former taluka panchayat president of Lathi, former president of Amreli district and taluka and the district’s organising secretary.
The Keshubhai-led GPP’s made its first breakthrough in the run-up to the state elections in 2012 when 13 councillors from Damnagar nagarpalika belonging to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) joined the party at a public rally in Amreli on Monday.
    The Damnagar nagarpalika has a total of 21 seats, of which 18 were with NCP. With the 13 councillors moving to the newly-formed party, GPP will have the first politicallyelected autonomous body under it.
    “Most people who have joined us are former office-bearers of the party, who oppose Modi’s style of functioning,” Zadaphia said.
    Meanwhile, all the Rajkot district office bearers of Samjawadi Party (SP) also announced their joining the GPP. “We want to work with Keshubhai as he promises a credible and transparent alternative. We would like to work with them,” unit president Dipaksinh Jadeja said.
    On Monday Keshubhai addressed a public rally in Amreli where he lambasted the Modi government for its inefficiency and insensitive approach towards the masses.