Shankersinh Vaghela, former Congress leader on Tuesday joined the Jan Vikalp party and possibly created a third front in the state.
Shankersinh Vaghela, former Congress leader on Tuesday joined the Jan Vikalp party and possibly created a third front in the state. Vaghela has joined the party which was formed by one of his supporters in the poll bound state. Addressing a press conference, the Vaghela said, “It is a myth to say that an alternative political force can’t work in Gujarat,” adding that people were fed up with Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and were desperate for an alternative.
According to India Today, Vaghela said he has extended his support to the Jan Vikalp, calling it just a front, not a political party. “I will not criticise Modi or Shah, but will criticise the BJP government in the state. Similarly, I will not criticise Sonia either,” he added. The former Gujarat chief minister had quit the Congress party along with 13 other MLAs in July ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly election. However, 11 of them had joined the BJP. Reportedly, Vaghela’s supporters wanted him to join the group so that people’s voices are heard.
While addressing a huge gathering on his 77 birthday celebration in July, Vaghela had said, “Congress party expelled me 24 hours back thinking of what I could have said; when one’s destruction time is soon to arrive, one thinks un-intelligently or negatively.”
However, the senior leader had also said that he would not join any party. Vaghela even travelled to the national capital, prior to being expelled to meet Congress leaders.
Later, Gujarat Congress in-charge Ashok Gehlot tore into Vaghela and accused him of betraying the party at the behest of the ruling BJP. “We now realise that it was a big mistake to keep Mr Vaghela in the party for the last 20 years. We not only gave him respect, but also made him Union minister, president of the state unit and also the leader of opposition in the Gujarat Assembly,” he had said.