Keshubhai follows Modi's path, woos RSS, VHP

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Parivartan Party chief and former chief minister Keshubhai Patel visited the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's office and RSS state headquarters in Ahmedabad, two days after his political opponent Chief Minister Narendra Modi met RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur.

Keshubhai was given a warm welcome at both VHP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh offices when he visited them on Tuesday, a Times of India report said. The former chief minister left BJP recently apparently unhappy with the treatment meted out to him by Modi.

Keshubhai Patel. AFP

However, Keshubhai told reporters that he was at the RSS office to enquire about the health of senior member Bhaskarrao Damle.

"As Modi is still an RSS worker, I am also an RSS worker," Keshubhai said referring to Modi's recent visit to RSS headquarter in Nagpur, The Indian Express reported. Damle is a part of the Keshubhai camp which is far more serious in making things difficult for Modi as they were in 2007.

The former chief minister also addressed about 150 workers at the VHP office, the Times of India reported.

"It is like a relay race in a party where the baton must be passed on to the next player, but (in BJP) Modi just does not pass the baton," Keshubhai said while taking a jibe on Modi, The Indian Express reported.

Keshubhai also plans to meet RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur soon.