Though he is not considered a heavyweight like his father, Bharat is likely to dampen GPP's prospects ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

He was welcomed in the party by Gujarat state unit president RC Faldu and general secretary Vijay Rupani by giving him a saffron scarf at the BJP office on Monday.

"I have discussed this issue with my father and he has told me to take my own path," Bharat said, when asked if he took his father Keshubhai Patel's permission before taking the decision to join the BJP.

"I have been with the BJP and RSS from the beginning of my political career. When my father formed a new party, I only acted as his agent in his Visavadar constituency," Patel said.

Responding to a question if his father would make any political overtures towards the BJP, he said that as far as his father is concerned he remains GPP president.

"However, considering his (Keshubhai's) age of 86 years, he told me that he would work with limitations in politics from now," Patel said, indicating that the former chief minister may not be involved in active politics.

Keshubhai, who was BJP's first chief minister in Gujarat, had formed the GPP before the 2012 state Assembly elections after resigning from his parent party.

However, his party could not make an impact in Gujarat elections, as it managed to win only two out of 182 seats.


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