Ignored in reshuffle,Guj Cong MP set to revolt

Months after former Congress MP and Saurashtra strongman Vitthal Radadiya crossed over to BJP

Written by Syed Khalique Ahmed | Ahmedabad | Published:June 23, 2013 1:53 am

Months after former Congress MP and Saurashtra strongman Vitthal Radadiya crossed over to BJP along with his MLA son Jayesh,Rajkot MP Kunwarji Bavalia,also from Congress,appears all set to stage a revolt.

A strong Koli-Patel leader like Radadiya,Bavalia is reportedly unhappy after being denied a berth in the recent reshuffle of the union cabinet.

The Congress MP is holding a meeting of his supporters and some party leaders from Saurashtra at Jasdan in Rajkot district on Sunday. Speaking to The Sunday Express over phone,Bavalia said several Congress leaders,including MP from Surendranagar Somabhai Patel,also a Koli-Patel leader,and Jamnagar MP Vikram Madame,were expected to participate.

The agenda of the meeting,Bavalia said,is to discuss the neglect of the Saurashtra region by the Congress leadership. He said while two MPs from the central Gujarat,Dinsha Patel and Bharatsinh Solanki,and one from south Gujarat,Dr Tushar Chaudhary,were made ministers,Saurashtra was overlooked.

“I am not interested in being a minister,but I want someone from Saurashtra to be given a berth in the union cabinet,” Bavalia said,adding there are at present three Lok Sabha MPs from the region,including himself. He said he would discuss the issue with party workers from the area and convey their views to the party high command.

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