Coming out openly against the Narendra Modi government,former chief minister and senior BJP leader Keshubhai Patel Saturday said people in the state are living in a shadow of fear and this situation can be changed only when power is restored in strong hands.
Patel,84,who is credited with bringing BJP to power in Gujarat for the first time in mid-nineties,dropped clear hints about a possible realignment of forces in the run-up to the Assembly elections scheduled in December this year.
Sitting by his side was Mahagujarat Janata Party chief Gordhan Zadaphia,who quit the BJP in 2007 following differences with CM Narendra Modi.
Patel exhorted the Rohit Samaj,a section of Dalits,to work for change of regime in the state.
You are heirs of Sant Ravidas and Mahatma Phule,who revolted against oppression and for uplift of the oppressed classes. There is darkness all around and this darkness will go only when the current regime changes, he said.
Without naming Modi,Patel said in Gujarat today,only big people and industrialists were benefitting from the governments policies while the masses were being ignored by the leader in his zeal to become a bigger leader.