Senior Congress leader from Gujarat Shankersinh Vaghela met party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the national capital on Wednesday, an Indian Express report said. The meeting took place days after he unfollowed several leaders of the party, including Rahul Gandhi.
The former Gujarat chief minister is believed to be upset with Congress leadership for not announcing his name as party’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections 2017. After the meeting, Vaghela said that it would be better for the party if it announces a chief ministerial candidate. However, Vaghela maintained he was not in the race.
Earlier this month, Vaghela’s name was missing from a hoarding welcoming Congress’ Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot for a three -day visit to the state, a PTI report said.
Hoardings, which were put up at several places in Ahmedabad, displayed pictures of Gehlot and state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki. Recently hoardings appeared in Vadodara projecting Vaghela as party’s chief ministerial candidate. However, Vaghela had clarified he was not in the race for the post of chief minister in the state. He also sought to downplay the poster episode, pointing out there was no “groupism” in the party. As per reports, speculation was then rife that anti-Vaghela faction in the party might have put up the hoardings to suggest the sidelining of the senior leader.
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“Last time, Shankersinh Vaghela had informed the police about the posters (which came up in Vadodara). Such posters keep coming up, and if we keep worrying about them, how will we do more important works?” Gehlot was quoted by PTI as saying.
Gehlot also said that the Congress was once again united for the upcoming Gujarat polls.