The visit of deputy chairman of the state planning commission Narhari Amin to the residence of senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela on Sunday has led to a discussion among political circles that Amin is trying to return to the Congress.
Amin, a former Congress leader and deputy chief minister, had quit the Congress on the eve of December 2012 assembly elections and joined the BJP after he was denied ticket. Along with two other Congress leaders — Girish Parmar and Jayantilal Parmar — Amin was welcomed in the party because it created an atmosphere in favour of BJP.
But sources close to Amin say that though he was given an important post in the state planning commission, he was not feeling happy because he did not carry any political influence in the party unlike other BJP leaders.
Sources say that BJP leaders refused to accept his recommendations for ticket allotment for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation elections to be held in October 22 along with five other municipal corporations. Amin always had an upper hand in ticket distribution in civic polls in Ahmedabad city when he was in the Congress.
According to sources, Amin is not feeling cosy in BJP and looking for an opportunity to return to Congress.
They say that it is because of this reason that he visited the residence of Vaghela where all the senior party leaders have been meeting for the last several days for allotment of tickets for civic and panchayat elections.
When contacted, Amin denied his visit was linked to politics. “I have an acquaintance who had a fight with a member of the Darbar community belonging to Vasan, the native village of Vaghela. Since it is Diwali time and I did not want any further straining of relations and litigation between them, I went to the residence of Vaghela to sort out the matter. As Vaghela was not present at the house, I happened to meet his MLA-son Mahendrasinh and with his help, solved the dispute between the two,” said Amin.
“The visit has nothing to do with politics or my return to the Congress,” clarified Amin.
State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki, when questioned, said: “I am not aware of Amin’s visit”.
But Congress sources said that Amin wanted to return to the party.
“But party has decided not to take him back because he deserted the party when 2012 assembly elections were just a few weeks ahead. He had put the party leadership in an embarrassing situation,” said a senior Congress leader.