Keshubhai sets eyes on next year’s panchayat polls

After challenging Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the recently-concluded Assembly elections, Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) chief Keshubhai Patel Sunday appealed to party workers to gear up for the local body polls to be held next year.

"In the Assembly elections, though our party got an overwhelming acceptance, we couldn't infuse trust. Now it's our responsibility to convert this acceptance into votes," Patel told a gathering of party workers here.

Thanking workers for putting up a united fight in the Assembly polls, the former BJP veteran appealed to cadres to "continue with this (enthusiasm) for panchayat elections slated for next year".

Keshubhai called to review the party's performance in the Assembly polls in which two party candidates, including him, won and the party got 3.02% of total votes polled.

"The Bharatiya Janata Party was able to win only two seats in Lok Sabha even after 17 years of its formation. Moreover, Jansangh, which was formed in 1951, could manage to garner only 1.84 per cent of votes in the Gujarat elections in 1967," he said, adding, "Whereas, our party won two seats within four months of its inception."

Giving details about the elections, GPP leader and former chief minister Suresh Mehta said, "From February 2013, elections to 15 taluka panchayats, 77 nagar panchayats and 4,000 gram panchayats will be held and we will have to convert our acceptance into votes in these elections."

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