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Ahead Of Gujarat Elections, Fmr CM Shankar Singh Vaghela Likely To Join Congress


The way is “open” for former chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela to re-enter the Congress, said former Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Arjun Modhwadia Tuesday, the Indian Express reported.

Both Vaghela and Modhwadia have been summoned by a Mehsana court in connection with a case against Dudhsagar Dairy’s former chairman Vipul Chaudhary. They both were addressing a press conference in relation with this development. Notably, Modhwadia and Vaghela have been the GPCC chiefs in the past.

Modhwadia, when questioned if the joint address paves way for Vaghela’s re-entry into the Congress party, he said: “The way for Bapu (referring to Vaghela) is open. The decision for the same will be taken jointly by Bapu and the party high command. We all agree for his return (into Congress).”

When Vaghela was asked for his reaction, he said:  “Whatever Arjun bhai has said is true.”

The former CM was also asked about his August 2017 rebellion along with several other MLAs just before the Rajya Sabha elections, and whether he was looking to correct the mistake made in the past, Vaghela said: “Whatever was done at the time was done with full understanding. It is not a matter of correcting a mistake. We need not bother too much about it.”

Vaghela, who launched an outfit called the Praja Shakti Democratic Party after quitting the Congress, has on several occasions expressed his willingness to return to the GOP fold. It could boost the prospects of the Congress in upcoming assembly polls if Vaghela returns to his old party.

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