RI­VALS AT HOME

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

Civil rights ac­tivists are not the only ones who want to see the back of Naren­dra Modi. Long­time ri­val Keshub­hai Pa­tel, whom Modi re­placed in 2001, has started tak­ing pot­shots at him too. On May 6, he called for jus­tice for the Pa­tels at a mass mar­riage in Ver­aval, say­ing,“we should get united and fight against evil forces with vigour. Af­ter all, our clan god­dess, Kho­dal Maata, car­ries a sword in hand.” A month ago, he had in­voked Kr­ishna, the “jus­tice giver”. Nat­u­rally, Modi’s sup­port­ers are now cit­ing chap­ter and verse to show how Pa­tels have ben­e­fited the most in agri­cul­ture and in­dus­try un­der their very own ‘ loh pu­rush’.

SHAILESH RAVAL/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

PA­TEL ( LEFT) WITH MODI

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