RAJKOT: In a move expected to yield good electoral returns, Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) has got some leading businessmen into its fold. President of Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RSamir Shah joined the party at its Saurashtra zone sammelan here on Saturday, which is being seen as a major development.
Welcoming him, GPP president Keshubhai Patelsaid, "Generally businessmen fear to join a political party. We welcome Shah's decision to join GPP. His entry into our party will make a major difference among the business community.'' Shah is also the president of Saurashtra Oil Millers Association (SOMA), another powerful business entity of the region.
Another businessman from Rajkot V P Vaishnav, who is the president of Rajkot Stock Exchange, joined the party at the GPP event. "With businessmen joining its ranks, the party leaders want to convey that the GPP does not represent only the rural masses," a party source said.
Besides, a large number of local leaders, particularly from BJP, across Saurashtra also joined the party ranks at the sammelan.
In a major setback to the Rajkot district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an office-bearer Devshi Tadhani went on to join the GPP.
A Leuva Patel, he is an influential leader in Rajkot district and his entry into the GPP is being seen as a significant development ahead of the assembly polls.
Keshubhai Patel said that Tadhani's entry into his party will give a shock to the BJP in the coming days.