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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Dec 3 (UNI) Changing his stand on the issue of supporting BJP in the coming Assembly elections, senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel urged the people of Gujarat to ''vote for a change''.

Print advertisements today showed Mr Patel, asking people to ''vote for a change''.

Sardar Patel Utkarsh Samiti, an NGO of rebel BJP leaders seeking the removal of Chief Minister Narendra Modi for the past six months, released the half page advertisement, which also carries the photograph of Mr Patel.

Though Mr Patel had not officially joined the NGO, led by Govardhan Zadaphiya, the advertisement asked people to ''vote for change'' in his name.

However, Mr Patel had recently said he was never attached to the NGO but the advertisement puts a question mark on his stand.

The advertisement criticises the Modi government for using the RSS and VHP for its own ends. It also questions Modi's ''Vibrant Gujarat'' campaign.

On November 29, Mr Patel had said, ''In my six-decade-long public career, I have always worked for the party, and will continue to work for it. I have always been an elderly figure in BJP and will continue to act in the same way.'' Responding to a query, the former Chief Minister said, ''I have not yet decided to actively participate in the party's campaign for the upcoming elections. However, I will definitely provide my guidance to the party whenever I am asked for it.'' ''I have never been attached to Mr Zadaphiya's banner, Sardar Patel Utkarsh Samiti nor attended any meetings of the NGO,'' he said replying to a query on his association with Mr Zadaphiya.


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