Uma urges Keshubhai to form new front against Modi

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Bhopal, Oct 24 (UNI) Bharatiya Janshakti (BJ) President Uma Bharti today urged senior BJP leader Keshubhai Patel to quit his party before assembly elections and form a new front against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Suggesting that all non-BJP and non-Congress and anti-Modi people be included in this front, Ms Bharti said she was ready to campaign for such a front.

She told reporters here that she had held discussion with Mr Patel only once regarding forming the new front. Earlier, she had held talks with former Union Minister Haren Pandya's father and other BJP leaders in this regard.

Describing Mr Patel as 'Vikas Purush', the fiery 'sanyasin' said Mr Patel played an important role in forming the BJP Government in Gujarat under difficult circumstances. Gujarat developed under his leadership.

Dubbing Mr Modi as pseudo-Hindu, she said several Hindus had been murdered during his rule. She wanted that pseudo-Hindutva forces be removed from power.

She said if Mr Modi formed a government after assembly elections in Gujarat it would be due to lack of courage on part of Mr Patel.

The BJ President criticised taking 'Ram Setu' issue among public in Gujarat assembly election saying that those who talked about Hindutva were taking no steps to protect the 'Ram Setu'.

She described leaders quitting the BJP to join the Congress as irresponsible.

She said the BJP in Gujarat was torn with two types of conflict with one section opposing while remaining inside it and other section leaving the party.

Ms Bharti said her party had not been formed in Gujarat so far and she was not in a position to comment about it until November 1.

On whether she wanted to unseat the BJP from power in Gujarat, she said a nationalist party has to come in power in that state.

However, she was clear that the Congress should not form a government in that state.


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