Top leaders want me to leave party, says Vaghela
At a meet of his supporters on Saturday in Gandhinagar called amidst rumours that he would join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shankersinh Vaghela came down heavily on state and national Congress leaders.india Updated: Jun 24, 2017 23:38 IST
Former Gujarat chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela has complained to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi regarding some “top” party leaders who want him to leave the party.
At a meet of his supporters on Saturday in Gandhinagar called amidst rumours that he would join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Vaghela came down heavily on state and national Congress leaders. For over a month now, there have been reports that Vaghela and his supporters would join BJP since the high command did not accept to project him as CM face in forthcoming assembly elections.
During the event that he refused to call show of strength, Vaghela, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, urged the members to come forward and give suggestions on the roadmap for upcoming assembly polls as the party was yet to gear up for the elections scheduled later this year.
``In 2012, at the last minutes I was asked to contest Kapadvanj while I was ready for Gandhinagar. This happened with 28 assembly seats’’, said Vaghela, `` In last moments, somebody becomes owner of the party and changes the narrative. I saw this happening in 2002, 2007 and 2012. This is my last election. I have vast experience of winning elections, I have been CM and cabinet minister. The party should use me’’.
He further said, ``Delhi doesn’t know that we need to prepare in well for elections. Do we have to do only what Delhi says? They neither work, nor allow us to work. Nobody is bother to know what workers wants and what are the candidates’ concerns are’’
Maintaining that he is not power hungry, he asked, “They tie our hands. How can we swim then?”
Ruling the state for more than two decades, the BJP is facing anti-incumbency in elections to be held in the backdrop of agitation by Patidars-its core supporters. And, Vaghela, a former RSS member who became CM by leading coup against the first BJP government in Gujarat, sees a window of opportunity for the Congress in a probable come back.
``I met Rahul Gandhi and complained to him that they(some people in Gujarat) want to see me leaving the Congress’’, said Vaghela after giving reference of posters in Vadodara projecting him as CM, whether BJP or Congress comes to power.
``Vadodara police told me that investigation into the posters complaint landed to the Congress party door. Then I asked them not to probe further,’’ he said.
At the end by taking suggestions from supporters, he said he would take up those to Rahul Gandhi during next meet with him on June 30.
First Published: Jun 24, 2017 23:38 IST