Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) president Keshubhai Patel today said chief minister Narendra Modi's "style of functioning" has hampered the state's progress.
"Modi has derailed Gujarat from the track of development while other states in the country are taking the lead in various fields like health, investment and saving of the girl child," the former BJP patriarch said while addressing a public gathering at the Race Course ground here.
The rally was a show of strength by the GPP on Patel's home turf on the day when the notification for the first phase of assembly elections scheduled for December 13 was issued.
"People of the state have become tired of Modi's false claims as he has done nothing but misguided people," Patel said, adding that the time has come to throw Modi out of power.
Patel said Modi had ignored Saurashtra and due to his "anti-farmer" policies a number of farmers of the region had committed suicide. "Corruption and crime rate have gone up and local industry is being ignored," the former chief minister said.
He said the GPP would offer relief in petro-product prices and reduce the value-added tax (VAT) if voted to power.
Criticising Modi, who will tomorrow address the people of four cities — Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat and Rajkot — through 3D technology, his former aide, Gordhan Zadaphia, alleged that the contract for the programme was given to a US-based company and nearly Rs520 crore, collected through the BJP's "Dhan-Daan" drive, would be spent on the event.
The Dhan Daan, or Dhan Sangrah, was launched by the BJP earlier this year to collect funds for the party's activities. The drive had come under the lens of the Election Commission following complaints from political parties, including the Congress.
On the occasion, Sameer Shah, president of the Saurashtra Oil Mills' Association (SOMA) and the Rajkot Chambers of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), joined the GPP along with Saurashtra Kutch Stock Exchange president VP Vaishnav.