21 September, 2020

State Of Confusion

Vaghela's unsure of his MLA count, the governor's ill and the BJP remains uneasy

State Of Confusion

EXPELLED BJP leader Shankarsinh Vaghela couldn't have hoped for a better launch. On August 20, when he announced his new party, Ahmedabad's 10,000-capacity RamLila grounds drew over 60,000 people, many of whom spilled out onto the street, down the road and into adjacent buildings. And so, the Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP) came into being with all the flamboyance and controversy associated with its founder—a loud and colourful beginning, a platform of expelled leaders and the confusion of a national party with a regional agenda.

Vaghela clearly has his parent party worried. Not only does his new party have a well-established 'state unit', his associate, suspended Gujarat industries minister Dilip Parikh's Gujarat Janata Party (GJP) has already claimed, but failed to prove, the support of 43 MLAs. It is believed that the GJP, which has been invited to join Vaghela's RJP, was formed to test how many MLAs were ready to join hands with the dissidents. Besides, Vaghela wouldn't lose face if a respectable number didn't defect.

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