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Keshubhai to quit politics; boost for Modi

Keshubhai to quit politics; boost for Modi
86-year old Patel, who was on a day-long visit to his constituency Visavadar-Bhesan in Junagadh district to meet his supporters, informed them of his decision to quit active politics. ‘I am going to resign as an MLA because of my growing age and ill health,’ Patel told his supporters.

The statement of Patel ahead of the Lok Sabha elections will come as a boost for the Modi’s BJP and help in its plan to win maximum number of seats from the state.

‘I have yet not decided to join any political party but I feel that the GPP be merged in a national party other than the Congress,’ Patel said, indicating that he wanted to merge his party with the BJP.

Patel had formed GPP in September 2012, before the Gujarat assembly elections in December the same year. His party had faired poorly in the elections as only two of its candidates won out of the total 182 seats. Last month, Patel had stepped down from the position of GPP president after his son Bharat joined BJP.

‘I will tender my resignation from the post of MLA to the assembly speaker when the session begins,’ the six-time legislator said.

The state assembly session begins from 20 February.  When asked about his son’s plan to contest assembly election from Visavadar-Bhesan constituency, which is likely to fall vacant after his resignation, Patel said ‘as a father I will extend my full support to Bharat.’
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