Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bapa tries to reignite GPP’s fighting spirit

DNA 31DEC2012

Bapa tries to reignite GPP’s fighting spirit
Urges party workers to work even harder for 2013 local body polls
DNA Correspondent
Allaying all fears surrounding Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP), its top leadership implored its office bearers and workers to work even harder in the future and improve the party’s performance of the party in local civic body elections coming up in 2013.
“In three months we were able to garner good public support. We were able to raise questions on performance of Narendra Modi government. However, we could not convert public support into votes. Now it's our responsibility to convert this acceptance into votes," asserted Keshubhai Patel, president of GPP to a gathering of party workers at Tagore Hall in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
“With the failure of our performance issues and questions raised by us does not die down. Our party represents common Gujarati people and we will improve our strength, from party workers to people’s representative, in the coming days,” Patel added.
Taking a dig at chief minister Narendra Modi, Patel said that immediately after winning the elections he (Modi) announced celebration of kite festival and did not announce any measure to address welfare of the people. “People in the state are facing huge problems of water shortage which is going to be even severe in next few months,” he said. Keshubhai also called to review the performance of the party in the Assembly polls in which only two candidates, including Patel, won and the party got around 3% of total votes polled. In his concluding remarks Patel said that it took 17 years for BJP to reach the figure of 2 assembly seats while GPP has done it in just three months!
Meanwhile, GPP senior president and former chief minister Suresh Mehta gave details about the local body elections and said, "From February 2013, elections of 15 Taluka Panchayats, 77 Nagar Panchayats and 4,000 Gram Panchayats are coming up and we will have to convert our acceptance into votes in these elections."
Analysing the party's performance in Assembly elections, Mehta claimed that, “Though GPP could win only two seats, it was instrumental in the defeat of 15 BJP and 8 Congress candidates."
Meanwhile, general secretary of the party Gordhan Zadaphia also addressed the gathering. “Today we will all have to be ready for another battle which is awaiting us and it's our responsibility to make people aware of current BJP government's corrupt practices," he said.