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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Vaghela wants to be coordinator of 'anti-BJP' front

Lok Sabha elections 2019: He also said that the anti-BJP votes must never get divided.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: September 19, 2018 10:00 IST ]
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Shankersinh Vaghela

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Just seven months before the LS polls 2019, former Gujarat Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela expressed his desire to play the role of a coordinator between regional parties to forge an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance.

"My supporters are of the opinion that I should play the role of a coordinator to unite various regional parties which are against the ruling BJP. Even I felt that better coordination is needed between parties," news agency PTI quoted the former Gujarat chief minister, as saying, in Gandhinagar, on Tuesday.

He also said that the anti-BJP votes must never get divided.

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It is pertinent to mention here that Vaghela's son Mahendrasinh Vaghela recently joined the BJP. He was a Congress MLA till 2017. 

After the Rajya Sabha (RS) polls last year, the Kshatriya strongman had quit the Congress and floated 'Jan Vikalp', a third front, ahead of the 2017 state elections. However, all the 100-odd candidates of the Vikalp lost the polls.

During the RS polls in August 2017, Vaghela along with seven other Congress MLAs had reportedly cross-voted in favour of the saffron party candidate and then resigned from the Congress.

Despite the cross-voting, Congress candidate Ahmed Patel narrowly won the election by defeating BJP nominee Balwantsinh Rajput.

(With PTI inputs)

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