After being suspended from the BJP, Surendranagar MP Somabhai Patel on Friday came down heavily on Chief Minister Narendra Modi and said he will "work for the Congress party" in Gujarat.
"For the past 47 years, we have toiled with veteran BJP leader Keshubhai Patel to build the party in the state," he said.
"Leaders like Modi have simply reaped the fruits of our hard labour in Gujarat," Patel told PTI over phone while reacting to his suspension from the party.
"We have been suspended (from the BJP) due to Modi who is running the party in Gujarat in a dictatorial manner," alleged Patel, an influential Koli community leader.
"I have supported the Congress in the present Gujarat assembly elections and will continue to work for the Congress and defeat the BJP in the state," he said.
Patel said when the Koli girl Chandani was murdered (near Datar shrine of Junagadh district on May this year), he had gone to meet the Chief Minister but Modi did not bother to meet him.
"I was also ignored by BJP's top brass like L K Advani and Rajnath Singh when I
approached them in connection with this issue," he said.
"I have been winning elections on the support of my community and not the BJP," said Patel.
When BJP had just 11 seats in state assembly in 1985, Patel had won on the Viramgam seat due to the support of the Koli community, he said. Similarly in 1989, he had won the Lok Sabha seat from Surendranagar, he said.