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Ex-Gujarat CM Shankersinh Vaghela to launch new political party; rejects Congress

Gujarat’s former chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela said on Sunday he would launch his own party ahead of parliamentary elections in the state which are expected to be held by the end of the year, sources said. Republic Television. He also claimed that the Congress was not interested in Gujarat.

His new political party will probably be called the “Democratic Praja Shakti Party”. Vaghela currently heads an organization called Praja Shakti Morcha.

Vaghela, who left Congress ahead of the 2017 Rajya Sabha elections, said the big old party was not interested in achieving anything in Gujarat except fighting internally.

He also targeted Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and called it the “B team” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

‘More Congress MPs will switch to BJP’

Talk to Republicformer Gujarat CM said: “Congress is not interested in Gujarat. More of their MPs will move to BJP. They should be serious about it. Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister, Aam Party Aadmi (AAP) is coming here so why is Rahul Gandhi not coming here. There is corruption here. Change is needed.

He added: “I am in favor of removing the dry state tag from Gujarat as it could bring in Rs 30,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore in revenue which can be used for free education or health insurance. or to reduce unemployment.”

Slamant AAP, Vaghela said Arvind Kejriwal’s party had just filled the void and had no leadership in the state. “They only say they will give this or that. Congress, BJP and AAP have no proper leadership. We will fill this gap.”

Veteran politician Vaghela has been associated with several parties in Gujarat. He was a top BJP leader but broke ties in 1997 to form the Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP). He became Chief Minister of Gujarat with the help of Congress in October 1996. Later, his party merged into the big old party.

In 2017, he left Congress and resigned as Leader of the Opposition. Later, Vaghela joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) but left it after being removed from office as the Gujarat Unity Chairman in 2020 following the Rajya Sabha elections.

In June, Vaghela met with several Congress party heads of state to discuss the impending decision of his alliance with the Congress party. He had also claimed to be in contact with several BJP MPs.

He was also elected to the Lok Sabha for five terms and served as an MP for Rajya Sabha from 1984 to 1989. He served as Minister for Textiles in the Union Cabinet from 2004 to 2009 in the first Manmohan Singh Cabinet.