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Keshubhai Patel – Last battle lost

Last Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 17:36
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Keshubhai Patel – Last battle lost Deepak Nagpal

It was perhaps the last electoral battle for former Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel. And he has been defeated emphatically by his confidante turned bête noire Narendra Modi.

Keshubhai first tried to play the ‘I’m victim of Modi’s politics’, then dabbled in tried-and-trusted caste politics game by seeking the support of his community – Leuva Patels, but he failed miserably.

Keshubhai had split with the BJP after his life-ling association and launched his Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) in the hope that he would consolidate the anti-Modi vote; but it seems like he miscalculated the power of Moditva.

Though the GPP was only a debutant in the 2012 Gujarat polls, with just two seats and 4% vote share, the grand old man of Gujarat politics will now have to walk towards the sunset, alone.

While Keshubhai won from the Visavadar constituency in Saurashtra, many of his key candidates lost. Jagrutiben Pandya, the wife of former BJP minister Haren Pandya, who contested from Eillisbridge constituency on a GPP ticket, failed to win the election. Another key GPP candidate Gordhanbhai Zadafia too lost from Gondal.

The future for Keshubhai looks bleak. At 84 years of age, the RSS veteran has probably fought his last election. With the BJP winning a near two-third majority and set to rule Gujarat for another five years, the options for Patel are next to none.

The only thing he can pursue now is to try and build support base for his Gujarat Parivartan Party. He may have lost badly this time around, but with Modi looking set to move to the national scene in 2014, there is a chance for him – and the Congress as well – to fill the gap and emerge a stronger political force in the state.

But the pertinent question here is whether Keshubhai could have avoided the ignominy of having to bow out of the ring defeated?

Clearly there lies a message – it is best to bow out with honour than be pushed out with disgrace. Hope other ‘grand old men’ of Indian politics are listening.

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First Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 17:35
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Satish Joshi - Rajkot
conspiracy of Sonia Gandhi Failed . On winning Modi rushed to Keshubhai to release a message for Sonia Gandhi.
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Satish Joshi - Surat
Dear Keshbhai, This is wrong. Narhari Amin is smart one. He Joined BJP and earned power . Now your age is 100-16=84
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LAL CHAND JAIN - MUMBAI
No doubt Mr.Modi won the election as predicted and visualised by the nation. It doesn`t mean he got the passport or licence to contest for Prime Minister. As far as Gujarat is concerned the very presence of Mr.Modi is necessary at this juncture. As there are still some areas still lot of work to be done Mr.Modi. Let him do it. Then Mr.Modi declare one fine sun rise Gujarat is Golden Gujarat which we need. Atleast in India, if one state is model, the others will follow. Making him Prime Minister is unwise. As Chief Minister he is king and he can do whatever he can but as Prime Minister he cannot do anything, he will have to depend upon different regional opportunistic parties and get frustration. Then his political future will be locked like Mr.HD Dev Gowda. Mr. Modi is good administrator and got grip on the administration of Gujarat inspite of some draw backs. I am not Congress man to discourage. Let any one think cooly and calmly in the interests of Mr.Modi and Gujarat.
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Satish Joshi - Rajkot
I would like to say further that Modi has done lot of for Gujarat inspite of lot off desturbances from ruling parliaments. Why to wait for Gujarat to become a model state than to go ahead for PM for India. Let us request Modi and Movadi Manadal of BJP to lift Modi for PM and Modiis mentality and stregth will make India a ``Model Nation`` India has been furnished with lot off Manpower, minerals Agriculture , atmosphere, and geography. Only dynemic and Honest PM is required. BJP memebers like Shusma swaraj , Arun Jetali, Adavani should move away and accept modi as a team captain. Tenafter devlopment of Nation will not limit up to Gujarat. I strongly doubt that Top BJP leader s will nor give proper lift for modi since they also dream for PM . They should understan that to wash away congress Modi management is required. He is a great Kalakar next to Lord Shri Rama (Delhi) should
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Satish Joshi - Rajkot
Modi is a kalakar and not devgowda. He will resolve all restrictions and can definately make our nation as ``Shining India`` B...u...t.. what about internal hot Jelesy of TOP BJP leaders ! This is only a matter of worry.
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BrijLal - USA
Good advice for `grand old men` of Indian politics.
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Ashish Patel - Vadodara
I have sympathy for Keshubhai because he is the first introducer of BJP in Gujarat. But in present scenario, Modi is the King. If he is given chance to rule the country, he can change the coun
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Ashish Patel - Vadodara
I have sympathy for Keshubhai because he is the first introducer of BJP in Gujarat. But in present scenario, Modi is the King. If he is given chance to rule the country, he can change the coun



Satish Joshi - Rajkot
conspiracy of Sonia Gandhi Failed . On winning Modi rushed to Keshubhai to release a message for Sonia Gandhi.



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