Shankarsinh Vaghela to quit, Gujarat Congress in churn

Vaghela was in Delhi in the first week of June to meet the party leadership.

New Delhi: Trouble brewing for Congress in the poll-bound state of Gujarat. Insiders claim that former chief minister and senior leader Shankarsinh Vaghela is on his way out from the party. Vaghela is miffed with the Congress after the high command repeatedly turned down his request to name him as the chief ministerial face of the party.

In a bid to show his displeasure, Vaghela has already unfollwed party leaders Twitter handles, including party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Also, he went on a week-long leave when the Congress was holding rallies across the state in the last week of May.

Efforts were made to pacify the sulking leader by general secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot and state unit chief Bharatsinh Solanki but it has failed to yield desired results so far. Mr Vaghela’s appearances at Congress functions are becoming erratic by the day. Out of the 57 Congress MLAs in Gujarat he enjoys the goodwill and confidence of a sizeable number of leaders.

Many in the Congress feel that Vaghela may not ensure Congress’ victory in the polls but are certain of the fact that his exit will ensure the party’s defeat. Presently, there are four camps operating within the Gujarat Congress. These are the Vaghela camp, state unit chief Bharatsinh Solanki camp, Arjun Modhwadia camp and the Shaktisinh Gohil camp. Among these four camps, the Congress high command is inclined to go with the state unit chief Solanki camp. However, the Congress wants to contest the Assembly election, which scheduled to take place this December, under a collective leadership. Vaghela was in Delhi in the first week of June to meet the party leadership.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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