Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP), formed ahead of 2012 Assembly election, by former BJP veteran Keshubhai Patel, on Tuesday announced its merger with the parent party, to support Narendra Modi in his Prime Ministerial bid.
GPP president Gordhan Zadaphia, joined by party supporters, announced the merger at the BJP headquarters.
GPP was formed ahead of Assembly poll by former CMs Keshubhai Patel and Suresh Mehta, along with Gordhan Zadaphia, then a junior Home Minister in the Modi cabinet.
“The son of Gujarat is going to become the Prime Minister of India. We will support the cause. We had some difference of opinions when I left the party. But our differences should not come in the way of the bigger interest of the nation. We have worked as the swayamsevaks and will remain swayamsevaks for the national interest,” Zadaphia told reporters at the BJP headquarters.
Zadaphia insisted that the decision to rejoin BJP was taken through consensus.
“BJP is our alma mater and this decision of merger has been taken unanimously in presence of all district presidents and secretaries of GPP. The decision is taken considering the future of GPP workers, and to serve the nation. We all wish that Narendrabhai becomes Prime Minister,” the GPP president said.
GPP had suffered a body blow when Keshubhai’s son Bharat switched over to BJP and later the veteran leader himself stepped down as party president and MLA to announce his retirement from politics.
“There will be a official function when top State leaders including Narendra Modi will welcome GPP members at a function on Wednesday,” said BJP spokesperson Harshad Patel.
(With inputs from agencies)