Ex-RS member Mangrola to rejoin BJP after 15 years

Former Rajya Sabha member Kanaksinh Mangrola,who quit the BJP 15 years ago,is set to rejoin the party with the presence of Chief Minister Narendra Modi at a public meeting in Valia taluka of Bharuch district on Sunday.

Written by Kamaal Saiyed | Surat | Published:October 7, 2012 4:26 am

Former Rajya Sabha member Kanaksinh Mangrola,who quit the BJP 15 years ago,is set to rejoin the party with the presence of Chief Minister Narendra Modi at a public meeting in Valia taluka of Bharuch district on Sunday.

58-year-old Mangrola,commonly known as Bapu in his native place in Valia taluka,joined BJP in 1994,the year in which he was elected to the Rajya Sabha.

In 1997,he quit the party and joined Shankersinh Vaghela’s party Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP) and formed a new government in the state.

He was made chairman of Gujarat State Fertiliser Corporation. Later he quit the party and the post due to some differences with Vaghela.

In 2007,he joined Samajwadi Party. He contested Assembly elections on SP ticket from Valia constituency and lost it. Later he quit SP too.

Talking to the Indian Express Mangrola said,“I am happy that the old days have come again. Once again I will get a chance to meet my old friends. After Sadbhavana mission of Narendra Modi,I was attracted to him and later I planned to join BJP. My motive is solely to work for the tribals and their development. Even after remaining away from party I continued my activities for tribals in terms of educational and health.”

Talking about Congress he said,“Congress’ ideology does not suite me. Many of my friends from the party approached me but I denied them. My period as president of Samajwadi Party in Gujarat for one year was also good. After Amar Singh left the party,I also felt bad and left it.”

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