In a strong message to Gujarat CM Narendra Modi’s detractors, the RSS sacked three of its pracharaks, one of whom is close to former CM Keshubhai Patel.
Veteran Bhaskarrao Damle, Ramesh Gupta and Narendra Panchasara were “retired from the state executive” due to their “age and ill health”, according to a press release issued by Gujarat RSS office.
The decision was taken after some RSS leaders from Nagpur tried to intervene but failed to convince Patel to compromise with Modi. Patel is set to float a third front to take on Modi in the assembly polls scheduled in December. He would launch a statewide tour on July 10 and his political outfit in August.
Damle attended a series of meetings where Patel accused Modi of running a “dictatorial regime.” Meanwhile, Patel targeted Modi in his blog again, saying he had “finished BJP in Gujarat”.
“BJP workers in Gujarat are treated like bonded labourers. After the elections, workers are dumped and the CM holds meetings with top industrialists in five star hotels,” Patel wrote. He asked party workers not to work for the “Modified BJP”. In Surat, ex-Union minister Kashiram Rana announced, “there is no future of BJP in Gujarat as a third front led by Patel will ensure Modi’s defeat at the polls.”