Liberal 'Hindutva' will be ideology of new party: Keshubhai

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Keshubhai Patel
Vadodara, Jul 23: Dissident BJP leader Keshubhai Patel has said his soon-to-be launched political party will be wedded into broad concept of 'Hindutva' and its goal will be to dislodge the "corrupt" Narendra Modi Government from power in Gujarat in the upcoming Assembly polls.

"Hindutva used in liberal and broad sense" will be the ideology of the new party which will be launched next month, the former Chief Minister said. Talking to PTI during his visit to the city to address a convention organised by Mahagujarat Janata Party (MJP) yesterday, he said, "this version of Hindutva will also mean working for welfare of the Muslim community."

Justifying the need for a new outfit in a state dominated by BJP and Congress, the veteran leader said, "I decided to form the new party eight months ago to dislodge the corrupt Modi Government from power." Modi will face a tough time in the Assembly elections slated by the year-end and "we will ensure that he loses power in the State," Patel said.

The Modi-baiter, who celebrates his 84th birthday on Jul 24, has embarked on a mission to mobilise support for the ouster of the BJP stalwart who succeeded him as Chief Minister in 2001. He has the support of dissident BJP leaders Kashiram Rana, Suresh Mehta, a former Chief Minister and also MJP President Gordhan Zadaphia, Modi's friend-turned-foe who was Minister of State for Home during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

After virtually remaining in the political wilderness since 2001, the former Chief Minister has decided to contest Assembly poll from Saurashtra, a region where he enjoys good support among the influential Patel community, who constitute 18 per cent of Gujarat's population.

PTI

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