BJP rebels’ MJP to hold first convention Sep 25

September 18th, 2008 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyAhmedabad, Sep 18 (IANS) Rebel Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders will hold the first workers convention of their newly launched Mahagujarat Janata Party (MJP) Sep 25. MJP president and former state home minister Gordhan Zadafiya said Thursday that over 10,000 workers from all over the state are expected to be in Gandhinagar on that day.

“Officially, this would be the first workers’ convention,” Zadafiya told IANS.

The officer bearers of the MJP, which was launched Sep 10, will also be decided during the scheduled convention.

The precursor to the MJP came into being in October last year when many BJP leaders unhappy with Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s “autocratic” style of functioning had formed the Sardar Patel Utkarsh Samiti (SPUS) - headed by Zadafia.

With help from the Congress and BJP heavyweights like former chief minister Keshubhai Patel, the SPUS ran an anti-Modi campaign. Amongst the others who supported it were former chief minister Suresh Mehta and senior MPs Kanshiram Rana and Vallabh Kathiria.

However, the rebels failed to sway the electorate and Modi won with a thumping majority.

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