Keshubhai Patel visits RSS office in Ahmedabad

Gujarat Parivartan Party president Keshubhai Patel visited the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh state headquarters and Vishva Hindu Parishad office.

Ahmedabad: Two days after Chief Minister Narendra Modi met RSS top brass in Nagpur, Gujarat Parivartan Party president Keshubhai Patel on Tuesday visited the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh state headquarters and Vishva Hindu Parishad office here.

Patel told reporters that he had gone to the RSS office to enquire about the health of senior functionary Bhaskarao Damle. "As Modi is still an RSS worker, I am also an RSS worker," Patel further said.

RSS media coordinator Pradeep Jain also said that Keshubhai had come to visit Damle, who is not keeping well of-late.

To a question if he was planning to meet the RSS chief, the 83-year-old former state Chief Minister, who defected from BJP and formed his own party, said, "Yes, if needed I will definitely go to Nagpur and meet (Mohan) Bhagwatji."

Patel, who is in the midst of campaigning for the party in view of the Gujarat elections in December, reached the RSS office at around 10.30 AM and spent about an hour with top functionaries of the organisation.

Later, Patel and party general secretary Gordhan Zadafia drove to VHP office where the former addressed about 150 workers of the organisation and sought support for his party in the coming elections.

Patel said Narendra Modi has betrayed the cause and sentiments of Hindus. "The Chief Minister, in his zeal for the beautification of Gandhinagar, has demolished more than 200 temples," Patel alleged.

He also alleged that several priests were allegedly murdered and the culprits were yet to be brought to book.

Keshubhai criticised Modi for being soft when it comes
to protecting `Hindu interests`.

In his appeal to VHP for the organisation`s support in the election, he said, "Cows are being sent to slaughter houses because this government took away the grazing land and gave it to industrialists on such a largescale that even they cannot use it in their lifetime".

Lambasting Modi for his "authoritarian" and "self-centred" style of functioning, he said, "When he (Modi) took over the state BJP, I told him that this race is altogether different. It`s called `relay race`, in which one by one each participant hands over the baton to the next and each one runs with his full strength and ultimately the team wins, not an individual," he said.

"But Narendra Modi, since he took the baton in this relay race, has never passed it on. He is holding tight over the party since then," he alleged.