Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections: Don’t forget what Congress has done for you, Digvijaya Singh reminds Vaghela

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday appealed to former party leader Shankersinh Vaghela to support Ahmed Patel in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections. Taking to Twitter, Singh told Vaghela, who quit from all party posts last month, that whatever issues he has with the party can be resolved within.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 8, 2017 10:23 am
Digvijaya Singh, Congress, Shankersinh Vaghela, Ahmed Patel, Rajya Sabha Election Congress leader Digvijaya Singh (Express/File Photo)

It seems senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh’s appeal to former party leader Shankersinh Vaghela to support Ahmed Patel in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections failed to cut ice with the latter.

Singh, in a series of tweets early on Tuesday, had told Vaghela, who quit from all party posts last month, that whatever issues he had with the party could be resolved within. However, in a setback to the party, Vaghela, a few hours later, told reporters that he did not vote for Patel.

“My fervent appeal to Bapu Shankar Singh ji Vaghela as an individual and his brother who hosted him in Khajuraho before he became CM. Don’t forget what Congress has done for you. You are a Rajput. Please ensure Ahmed Bhai’s victory. He has been our friend and supporter,” Singh had tweeted.

“Whatever your issues in Congress we shall resolve within. Don’t ditch and support your old Chela who is taking the whole Country for a ride,” he had added. Follow our live blog of the election here.

Vaghela told reporters, “Jab Congress jeetne waali hai hi nahi, vote bina matlab Congress ko dene ka matlab nahi tha. Humne Ahmed Patel ko vote nahi diya (When Congress was not going to win, what’s the use of voting for the party. I have not voted for Ahmed Patel).” Vaghela quit the Congress after claiming he was neglected by the party and the organisation.

From the BJP, the election is being contested party president Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Congress defector Balwantsinh Rajput while the Congress has nominated Ahmed Patel, political secretary to party president Sonia Gandhi. Read: Why every vote counts in Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls today. Click here.

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    Raj V
    Aug 8, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    it should have been a tame affair, if Vaghela was treated properly by congress.
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      Kishor
      Aug 8, 2017 at 2:44 pm
      The statement of Diggy "Don’t forget what Congress has done for you" shows how congress leaders pocketed the nations wealth... Party benefited you now your turn... Family First... Party in between... nations comes last....
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        Lalit Mohan
        Aug 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm
        dont forget what ur hindu mom and dad did for you mr. diggy and u still feel shame of being hindu
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        1. Raman Vr
          Aug 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm
          " You are a Rajput ". What is the intention behind this statement?
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            vvvvv
            Aug 8, 2017 at 12:03 pm
            This is triators like Shankersinh Vaghela, Nitish Kumar these old fox play their own game and later on when they see back nothing with them Neither Modi will be at power and they loose the janta people confidence. Shankersinh Vaghela forgot what really congress done for him it seems before it was conspircy of Amit shah and modi to get back after set back to congress. No one dare to wipe out Congress instead they will be wipeout temselves wait and c 2019. Jai Hind
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