Gujarat Elections 2017: New political front led by S. Vaghela

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani  – Ahmedabad

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela, who recently quit the Congress, today said he has joined Jan Vikalp, a party formed by his supporters in the poll-bound state. This development comes ahead of the Assembly elections in Gujarat later this year.

The  people of Gujarat state have to gear up to  witness one of the historic election scenario as new political front  is formally announced by dissident Congress leader Shankersinh vadhela in Gujarat.

However, the people of Gujarat state might be preparing to witness one of the historic election scenario. The voters and political experts have been keeping close watch over their most experienced leader, Shankersinh Vaghela who recently quit congress party and later stated that “i have quit from congress party but not from politics.” However, there could be possible of political drift in the heading assembly elections of the state. now he heads this new front

Coming to current political scenario of the state, it seems that people of the state have too been to work for their elections. Today the social media accounts of many political leaders witnessed an special comment from people of the state. With saturated rule of two only political parties; BJP and Congress, the voters seems to be expecting a new political party to come up for the change of better government. With Vikalp as in their various tweets, the people of the state are seems to be demanding a substitute political party or leader come up to serve them and this potenational seems to be expecting from former Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela.

The Jan Vikalpa website says that over the past 70 years neither the BJP nor the Congress has given “anything except atrocities, exploitation, poverty, fear, hunger and corruption.” The campaign promises solve problems that the industry and traders are facing because of the GST. It also assures freedom from costly education and freedom from costly health services. The plank also includes giving employment, reviving small-scale industries, and solving grievances of fixed-pay and Asha workers. All these issues were raised by Vaghela on his birthday in July when he left the Congress.

Vaghela said he has extended his support to the Jan Vikalp, calling it just a front, not a political party. Saying his “approach” to the front will be positive, he said, “I will not criticise Modi or Shah, but will criticise the BJP government in the state. Similarly, I will not criticise Sonia either.”

Vaghela, who had engineered a revolt of sorts in the opposition Congress last month, said the people were fed up with the BJP and the Congress, and were desperate for an alternative.

Addressing a crowded press conference in Ahmedabad, the rebel Congress leader said, “It is a myth to say that an alternative political force can’t work in Gujarat.”ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha election in the state last month, Vadhela  quit Congress and took at least 13 party MLAs with him. Ten of them joined the BJP.

(Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior journalist based at Ahmedabad, also editor of Gujarat Siyasat)

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