Days after the party denied the rumors around senior Gujarat Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela joining the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Vaghela on Sunday unfollowed the Twitter handle belonging to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi – @OfficeOfRG. Besides, he has unfollowed 29 other Twitter handles and also skipped party’s official “cyber meet”. Parthesh Patel, the one who handles Vaghela’s social media said that the senior Congress leader wanted to keep himself away from the social media and that all the 30 Twitter accounts which he had followed, were being unfollowed. “Bapu (Vaghela) told me last night that he wants to become inactive on social media. Accordingly, all the 30 Twitter handles, which were being followed, were unfollowed.” The Indian Express quoted Patel as saying.
Earlier in the day, while talking to reporters, Vaghela had said that he will contest from any place he was asked to. He also emphasised on fighting for the problems of people of Gujarat than fighting otherwise. “I will contest from a place that you say… (We) have fought a lot. (We) should be fighting for the problems of people of Gujarat. It does not matter if we contest for the assembly or parliament elections.” The Indian Express quoted him as saying. Replying to the questions regarding ‘cyber meet’ he said that he had attended two meetings at Bayand and Kapadvanj.
Vaghela has also unfollowed the Twitter handles of senior party leaders including Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political advisor Ahmed Patel and Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Bharatsinh Solanki. Ahead of the Gujarat elections, there is an intense race between Vaghela and PCC chief Bharatsinh Solanki to get themselves declared as the chief ministerial candidate.