statesman news service
Ahmedabad, 11 November
An event to celebrate togetherness here today led to indications of an imminent disintegration of the Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) formed by the disgruntled and expelled BJP rebels earlier in 2012.
The Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP), chaired by former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel who was ousted by Narendra Modi in 2001, held its ‘Sneh Milan’ (get together) to usher in the Gujarati New Year (3 Nov ) at the party headquarters today.
Being the Gujarati equivalent of what is Diwali Milan or Id Milan in other parts of India, this ‘Sneh Milan’ is not any news but the absence of the Patel patriarch at the get together has once again fuelled speculations that the former chief minister is on his way back to his parent party, the BJP.
Mr Patel is one of just two MLAs of the GPP formed few months before the 2012 Assembly elections. The other GPP legislator, Nalin Kotadia from Amreli has already warmed up to the BJP though he has not yet formally joined it.
Rumours about Keshubhai Patel going back to the BJP gained currency when Chief Minister Narendra Modi sought his blessings on his birthday (17 September).