I was expelled from Congress 24 hours ago, says Shankersinh Vaghela
The Congress veteran has apparently been sulking because he has not been given a free hand in his party's campaign for the upcoming state Assembly elections in December. Photograph: (Twitter)
Gujarat leader Shankersinh Vaghela today declared that he was expelled from Congress 24 hours ago even as speculation was rife that the veteran Gujarat leader who turned 77 today might be leaving the Congress party.
Vaghela during his birthday celebrations at Gandhinagar said: "I was expelled from Congress 24 hours ago because the party did not know what I would be saying."
The Gujarat leader said that he won't be rejoining the BJP.
Earlier reports said Vaghela would make an important announcement at his birthday celebrations and share his "feelings" with his supporters.
The ex-Congress veteran -- who was also the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly -- has apparently been sulking because he was not given a free hand in his Congress party's campaign for the upcoming December state Assembly elections.
Vaghela had said last month: "If the party wishes to concede defeat even before the fight has begun, I would not commit suicide with it."
Meanwhile, Zee News reported the Congress's Gujarat state unit had issued Vaghela a warning that he not "play any politics".
To which, ANI reported him as replying: "Whoever wants to come can come and whoever does not, should not. A party has the right to stop its workers and workers have the right to decide what they want to do. They are not bonded labourers."
Vaghela, who used to be with the Bharatiya Janata Party, snapped ties with the party in the late nineties.
He set up his own party which then merged with the Congress.
Gujarat: Senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela at his 77th birthday celebration event in Gandhinagar pic.twitter.com/Lk1JJ7LzzX— ANI (@ANI_news) July 21, 2017