Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel on Monday launched a new political outfit called Gujarat Parivartan Party, ahead of assembly elections in the state later this year.
Announcing the launch of the party, he said that the GPP would contest all the 182 seats in the election.
“Our party will bring about a change in the present political scenario of the state,” he said.
Attacking Narendra Modi, the former BJP leader said the Gujarat chief minister had compromised the honor and integrity of the state and his party would strive to restore it.
Keshubhai, who belongs to the numerically important Patel community, has been named as founder chairman of the new party.
The former chief minister, who brought the BJP to power in Gujarat for the first time in 1995, resigned from the party last Saturday in the wake of differences with Modi.
On the question of the RSS supporting him, Patel said the RSS was a non-political organization and never declared its support to any political party.
“Our party would follow the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, Ravishankar Maharaj, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Indulal Yagnik,” he observed.