BJP rebels set to return ahead of Lok Sabha polls

In A stark contrast to the mass exodus by the BJP rebels ahead of the 2007 Gujarat Assembly polls,almost all of them have decided to come back to the saffron roots.

Written by Hiral Dave | Rajkot | Published:March 14, 2009 3:27 am

In A stark contrast to the mass exodus by the BJP rebels ahead of the 2007 Gujarat Assembly polls,almost all of them have decided to come back to the saffron roots.

If the BJP house looked disordered and chaotic then,now it is on the way to gather more strength and be in a better shape.

All the senior BJP leaders who had raised anti-Narendra Modi voices two years ago,

will now formally join the party. Apparently,a thumping win by Modi in the

2007 Assembly elections,despite the strong rebellion against him,has changed the direction of the tide in his favour.

The Sunday function will be presided over by BJP state president Purshottam Rupala and Rajkot Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Rupani.

In what is being touted as a show of strength,former rebel leaders like Jamnagar MP Chandresh Patel,former MLAs Dhanraj Kela(Surendranagar),Tapu Limbasiya (Rajkot-I) and Chuni Gohel (Veraval) will join the party at a grand function at Race Course in Rajkot on Sunday.

Also joining the party will be people with family connections with the Congress — Mandhatsinh Jadeja,the prince of erstwhile Rajkot,whose father Manoharsinh Jadeja was the state finance minister in the Congress government,and late Congress Chief Minister Chabildas Mehta’s grandson Amit Mehta.

Speculations are rife that Digvijaysinh Zala,the former union environment minister in the Congress government,will also became active in politics,but this time with the BJP. Some of the big rebels like Rajkot MP Vallabh Kathiria,Surat MP Kanshiram Rana and former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel,have long been back in the camp.

Elsewhere,three rebels — former state Home Minister Gordhan Zadafia,Bhavnagar MLA Sunil Oza and Rajkot Rural MLA Siddharth Parmar have formed a new party,the Maha Gujarat Janta Party,while former Surat MLA Dhiru Gajera has joined the Congress.

The remaining rebels are all backing the BJP.

Interestingly,Race Course is the same place from where the rebels led by Zadafia had joined hands with Congress leader Vithal Radadia to launch the anti-Modi campaign.

Rupani said: “The function will send only one message across; the Congress is on a death bed in Gujarat .”

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