tral En­vi­ron­ment and Forests Depart­ment can­celling the nod for the plant. The dis­grun­tled leader, who is field­ing five can­di­dates in the Gu­jarat polls, is be­ing seen as a po­ten­tial core com­mit­tee mem­ber of the

“That’s what he wants, too. Kal­saria has been meet­ing Ke­jri­wal reg­u­larly, ex­press­ing his will­ing­ness to join the But to be­come a mem­ber, a non-tainted record for any or Congress de­fec­tor is a must,” adds the in­sider. The is also throw­ing its weight be­hind de­fected leader and two-time chief min­is­ter Keshub­hai Pa­tel, who holds sway on the Pa­tel community that com­prises 15 per­cent of Gu­jarat’s pop­u­la­tion. Pa­tel’s Gu­jarat Pari­var­tan Party is con­test­ing all the 182 Assem­bly seats.

Sources say Gu­jarat unit head and core com­mit­tee mem­ber Di­nesh Vaghela is pro­ject­ing vic­tory in at least five seats and that Ke­jri­wal may soon visit the state.

How­ever, all hopes rest on Kal­saria. When the cam­paign­ing against the Nirma In­dus­tries was at its peak, Kal­saria had formed the Sadb­havna Manch and fielded can­di­dates in lo­cal bod­ies’ polls. The Manch won two seats in the dis­trict pan­chay­ats of Bhav­na­gar and nine in taluka pan­chay­ats. This time, Kal­saria is plan­ning to fight the coastal seats of Mahuva, Talaja, Ra­jula, Gari­ad­har and Savarkundla.

Be­fore Anna Hazare dis­solved Team Anna on 6 Au­gust, an in­sider had given TE­HELKA a peek into Ke­jri­wal’s po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions and prepa­ra­tions for the Hi­machal polls. The had started a por­tal with the pur­pose of sen­si­tis­ing the youth about cor­rup­tion. But the por­tal was later pulled down. The had sied through files and press notes in the state in­for­ma­tion depart­ment’s web­sites and posted them on­line, with names of politi­cians in­volved in or ac­cused of cor­rup­tion. All this was aimed at rais­ing cadres.

“We had up­loaded all the in­for­ma­tion on this site. It was a vir­tual in­ter­face for the Hi­machali peo­ple,” says the in­sider, adding, “But Ki­ran Bedi was op­posed to any­thing that would harm the While Anna was okay with Ke­jri­wal’s po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions, and had even iden­ti­fied can­di­dates for both Hi­machal and Gu­jarat polls, Bedi was suc­cess­ful in stop­ping Anna from do­ing that.”

The mem­bers had also vis­ited Hi­machal in April to form anti-cor­rup­tion teams in all dis­tricts to as­sess the prop­er­ties of all politi­cians through but the plan was dropped aer Hazare dis­solved the team. Sources say the

is us­ing Bhushan’s clout to re-en­ter the po­lit­i­cal space where many for­mer bu­reau­crats and pro­fes­sors are con­test­ing the polls this time around.

backed can­di­dates may not claim the ma­jor­ity, but given the cor­rup­tion charges against ma­jor par­ties, their sting might just make the heav­ing ele­phant floun­der.

Rebel BJP MLA Kanu Kal­saria holds the key for the IAC in the Gu­jarat elec­tions

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