Ahmedabad: BLP rebels, who are up in arms against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, will be holding two major public rallies next week to raise the pitch of their campaign in the run-up to the state Assembly elections.
A major rally of tribal communities have been organised by Vanvasi Yuva Sangathan in Kundoi Kui village of Panchmahals district on June 10.
The rally will be attended by disgruntled BJP leaders such as Keshubhai Patel and Kashiram Rana. Former Chief Minister of Gujarat Suresh Mehta, who has left BJP, and Maha Gujarat Janta Party president Gordhan Zadafia would also be present.
This was an attempt to show that the rebel BJP leaders were united and not concentrating on any single community in their fight against Modi, sources close to Keshubhai Patel group said.
Another major OBC public meeting will be organised in Botad town of Bhavnagar district on June 12. Former union minister Rana along with BJP MLA Kanubhai Kalsaria and Zadafia will attend the meeting.
Kalsaria, the BJP MLA from Botad, had led an agitation against Modi government for sanctioning a cement plant of Nirma Industries in Bhavnagar district and had gone to the Supreme Court. The Central Environment and Forests department later cancelled the permission for the plant.
Anti-Modi group would decide the future course of action after the two public meetings, sources said.
Patel and other leaders recently met at his residence and discussed the BJP affairs and how to go to the public against Modi before the state elections.
"We also plan to celebrate Keshubhai`s birthday in July with a bang," sources added.
Keshubhai has been recently airing his views against Modi and his style of functioning, and has alleged that Patel community in the state was living in fear.