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Keshubhai Patel launches own political outfit

india Updated: Aug 06, 2012 19:07 IST
Mahesh Langa
Mahesh Langa
Hindustan Times
Keshubhai Patel

Former chief minister of Gujarat, Keshubhai Patel has launched his own political outfit Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP), which will be headed by himself. Patel will take on his bete noire and chief minister Narendra Modi, who had dethroned Patel as CM in 2001.

Patel resigned from BJP last week.

"I have decided to launch a new party Gujarat Parivartan Party, which will be committed to give a political alternative to the people of the state. The party will work to defeat BJp headed by Modi in the assembly polls," Patel said while announcing the party at his residence in Gandhinagar.

Besides Patel, format union minister Kashiram Rana, former Chief Minister Suresh Mehta, former minister Gordhan Zadaphia and RSS stalwarts like Bhaskasrrao Damleji and Pravin Maniyar are part of the new outfit that aims to create divide in the formidable base of Modi in the state.

"This party will contest assembly polls in the state. Out main aim is to see that Modi is defeated because he works only for a handful of industrialists while neglecting masses."

Patel is seen as the original architect of BJP in the state was the first chief minister when BJP came to power for the first time in 1995. He belongs to powerful Payel community, which controls and dominates politics, cooperative sector, education, small and medium enterprises and diamond sector in the state.

His main influence will mainly be in Saurashtra region, which has traditionally been a BJp bastion and sends 57 MLAs in the state assembly of 182.