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Shankarsinh Vaghela quits Congress

Shankarsinh Vaghela

New Delhi:  Former Gujarat chief minister Shankarsinh Vaghela formally announced on Friday that he has quit the Congress and as its leader in the state assembly.

He was addressing a public rally organised to celebrate his 77th birthday in Gandhinagar. The move could split the Congress just ahead of assembly elections.

“I have resigned from the Congress and all party posts,’ said Vaghela, who had earlier in his address said that the party has “thrown me out 24 hours ago,” which the Congress has denied.

Vaghela, who turns 77 on Friday, had made the the startling revelation that the Congress had ”expelled” him preemptively out of fear that he might say something untoward during his birthday celebrations on July 21.

He, however, asserted that he has no plans to retire from politics at the moment, fueling speculation that he may return to the BJP, which he quit a little under twenty years ago. However, he put these rumours to rest by stating unequivocally that he has no plans to join the BJP.

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