Shankersinh Vaghela announces his exit from Congress, rules out joining BJP

Speaking at an event in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, to mark his 77th birthday, Former Gujarat chief minister and Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela said there was a conspiracy to remove him from the Congress. He added that he would not join the BJP.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 21, 2017 7:10 pm
 Shankersinh Vaghela, Congress, Vaghela sacked, Presidential elections cross voting Vaghela speaking during his 77th birthday celebrations in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on Friday. (Source: ANI)

Former Gujarat chief minister and Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday said he was resigning from all posts in the party, adding that he received an expulsion notice yesterday. Speaking at an event in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, to mark his 77th birthday, the incumbent Legislative Party leader said there was a conspiracy to remove him from the Congress. Vaghela also said he would not join any other political party and would continue working for the people of the state.

Congress party ne mujhe 24 ghante pehle nikal diya yeh soch ke ki pata nahi main kya kehta; Vinaash kal vipreet buddhi (Congress party sacked me 24 hours ago as they did not know what I was going to say at this rally; when one’s destruction time is soon to arrive, one begins to think negatively),” Vaghela said, reported ANI.

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“I am freeing myself from the bondage of any party, be it Congress, BJP or any party. I am also freeing the Congress from my bondage,” Vaghela said during his speech in Gandhinagar. He is expected to resign from his role as Opposition leader in the Gujarat Assembly today.

Meanwhile, the Congress denied expelling him from the party. “No action was taken against Shankersingh Vaghela ji nor was he expelled. These are baseless arguments. Its his decision,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, reported ANI. “Vaghela ji wanted to replace the current Gujarat Congress chief. A party is always bigger than individuals.”

Vaghela’s disclosure comes a day after the party asked him to refrain from making anti-party comments during his rally. In a statement issued by the 22-member core committee of the state party under the chairmanship of GPCC president Bharatsinh Solanki, it said: “Shankersinh Vaghela had made certain comments about the party which he should not have at a meeting of his supporters in Gandhinagar on June 25.”

“We extend our greetings to him on his birthday. But, if he does any kind of politics on the pretext of birthday celebration, it is unacceptable. The party will not tolerate it,” it added. Vaghela had responded to the warning saying the party can do whatever it wants, and has the right to stop its workers from attending his birthday celebrations.

Meanwhile, the party is also rattled by voting patterns during the Presidential Elections, which showed at least eight of Congress’ 57 Gujarat MLAs cross-voting for Ram Nath Kovind, now President-elect. In response to this, PTI quoted Vaghela as saying: “I voted for UPA nominee Meira Kumar. I don’t know about cross voting.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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    kumar
    Jul 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    Please join BJP fast. Either before or after election you will join, the deal already stuck. Dont fool the public.
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      Bill-Kiss bano
      Jul 21, 2017 at 9:20 pm
      Throwing Vaghela out of Gujarat Pradesh Congress committee is a greater conspiracy than it seems like. If Vaghela stands for Gujarat elections 2017 independently, it is highly likely that he will become Congress Ally and construct majority. A trick done by Goa BJP on the ailing Congress.
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      1. Akash Amber
        Jul 21, 2017 at 8:47 pm
        Congress is losing all the good people from its fold. Unconditional loyalty and subjugation to the family is the only criteria to remain in the party. Despite repeated drubbings at at the polls the two people at the top have not batted an eyelid. Where in the world do you get to keep your job after such pathetic performance?
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          Vasudevan Venugopal
          Jul 21, 2017 at 8:16 pm
          Shankersinh Vaghela Ji ditched his mother party BJP in 1996 and became the Chief Minister of Gujarat through his own Rashtriya Janata Party with the support of the Congress. Now he has ditched the Congress because he was not allowed to have his way and keep the party under his thumb. Might be the lure of power has been guiding him all along and not the "vipreet buddhi".
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            sunder
            Jul 21, 2017 at 6:01 pm
            Mr Editor he is not a Congress veteran.He is a RSS man who was thrown out of the BJP and joined Italian Congress to become the CM of Gujarat but the corrupt Congress was thrown out and this man finding nowhere has resigned.Pappu had called him to Delhi was the last news.
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