Shankarsinh Vaghela Says At Birthday Rally That He Is Done With Congress

In Gujarat the most senior leader of Congress, Shankarsinh Vaghela, is expected to serve new worry for it ahead of assembly elections at a public rally organised in Gandhinagar  for 77th birthday, billed as a show of strength. 
Close to the Veteran politician sources said that his resignation is likely to be announced by him from the Congress and as the state assembly in the state, which could lead to a split in the state's main opposition party. Today he is not expected to detail out what will be his next plan. There has been talk that Mr Vaghela, or Bapu to his supporters, could launch his own party and also speculation that he could head back to his old party, the BJP.  
Sources from the Congress has said that, about 56 of its lawmakers he have told to stay away from the Birthday Celebrations of today. "To advice workerd tThe party has full authority, but workers are not the party's bonded labourers, they are free to decide what they want," this morning said by Mr Vaghela.

Congress lawmakers about 11 in number on Monday, in Gujarat voted for the ruling National Democratic Alliance BJP-led candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election, instead of opposition candidate Meira Kumar. The same lawmakers who backed the leader's failed bid to be named his party's presumptive Chief Minister for the assembly elections suggested that they were Mr Vaghela's supporters, by the Gujarat Congress leaders. 

Within the Congress has been isolated by Mr Vaghela, who has since been flexing muscle and issuing veiled warnings to his party. On Thursday he has travelled to Delhi to meet the leaders of the party before making any announcement, but as per the sources, Congress leader Ahmed Patel meeting which he though not to meet.

Two decades ago Shankarsinh Vaghela crossed over from the BJP. From North Gujarat he is a political heavyweight and can, on his own, make a difference in at least a dozen assembly seats there. 
From Delhi Senior leader Ashok Gehlot was sent on the evening of Thursday, was huddled with Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki at the Gandhinagar circuit house to calculate the impact of Congress leaders cross voting in the presidential elections. On august 8 the party in the Rajya Sabha elections for three seats in the state immediately, it could mean trouble for, one of which is held by Ahmed Patel.

To get its candidate back in the upper house of Parliament if its lawmakers cross vote again the Congress could struggle. "We are trying to analyse as how this happened and corrective measures will be taken so that such things don't repeat in future,'' Mr Solanki told NDTV, referring to the cross voting in the presidential election.

Mr Vaghela, jas options as it was hinted repeatedly, has so far stopped short of talking about quitting the party. At a meeting last month of supporters, he did, however, launch an attack on the Congress alleging that it was not moving in the right direction to take the BJP head-on for the forthcoming assembly elections. 




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