Speaking to PTI in Raigarh, after being appointed as the new PCC chief replacing D Sahu, Patel said his party will focus on playing the role of a strong and constructive Opposition in the state, voicing and raising issues about the anti-people policies of the Raman Singh-led BJP government.
Patel said the state party unit will mainly concentrate on forming the next government in Chhattisgarh besides strengthening its base in an inclusive way giving leverage to activists at the block and district level. He denied rumours of friction and factionalism in the State Congress.
Accusing the BJP government of neglecting development, rising corruption, naxal attacks, law and order problems as well as corruption in Chhattisgarh, Patel said Raman has proved to be a weak Chief Minister in tackling these issues.
He said he will tour the entire state soon to get a hands on view about the affairs across Chattisgarh.
Patel has earlier served as a cabinet minister in state governments of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and has won the legislative election from Kharsia Assembly constituency five times in a row since 1990.