The Congress-NCP alliance thrived in Gujarat while he held high posts in the Congress. But the Congress began to lose ground with the rise of Narendra Modi -- and in 2014, it could not win even a single seat in Lok Sabha.
Commenting on Vaghela’s resignation from the Assembly, state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said, “We won the Rajya Sabha seat despite Vaghela’s strong opposition, indicating his leaving the party had no impact. ”
Former Gujarat CM Shankersinh Vaghela, who recently quit Congress, Wednesday took objection to the remarks of Gujarat Congress affairs in-charge Ashok Gehlot that he acted under BJP pressure and was probably blackmailed using a CBI case against him.
The 77-year-old leader, however, claimed that Gehlot had made "irresponsible and personal allegations" against him, "without any shade of truth". "He (Gehlot) had alleged that I quit the Congress as I was being blackmailed with the threat of CBI and ED (probes)
The BJP in Gujarat lacks a leader with mass connect, after Modi and BJP president Amit Shah left the state to helm the party's national leadership. The Congress, too, does not have any leader with mass appeal after Vaghela's exit, an observer said.
An air of suspense has prevailed over Vaghela's next move since he set out on a foreign tour on May 17 after 'unfollowing' Congress scion Rahul Gandhi and many other party leaders on his official Twitter account.