The former Chief Minister of Gujarat and Congress chief, Shankersinh Vaghela, is now likely to join Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on January 29.
Sources close to the leader told Republic TV that Bapu (as he is commonly referred to as) is all set to attend a gathering of the NCP leaders that is to take place in Ahmedabad on January 29. The rally is likely to be attended by Sharad Pawar as well. Sources claimed that this is likely where the big announcement is likely to be made of Vaghela joining the NCP.
Sources in Jayant Patel (Boskey) office also shared that Vaghela is likely to be given the designation of National Secretary in NCP and that he will be shuttling his time between Gujarat and Delhi. But primarily will also play an integral role in Gujarat for the upcoming lok Sabha elections.
It has been no secret that Vaghela had been negotiating with both the NCP and INC - to join before the 2019 elections. However, in July 2017 Vaghela had quit the Congress party and had not held back in criticising the party over their lack of unity, initiative and ability to do their 'homework' before any upcoming elections.
"They change their decisions on whims and fancies of the high command sitting in Delhi who are also detached from the ground reality", Vaghela had said in his speech in Gandhinagar when he had publically quit the party on his birthday in 2017.
While his son, Mahendrasinh Vaghela had recently joined the BJP, Shanker Singh Vaghela had also declared that he will 'under no circumstances join the BJP ' and had also claimed that it was a 'mistake' on the part of his son to join them.
Even after several whispers from the NCP office were leaked about the negotiations and the designation that NCP claims they will give Vaghela, the former CM of Gujarat was allegedly upset over this leak. Sources close to the leaders shared, 'we didn't want to confirm this till it was official. We wanted to wait. But it's unfortunate that it got out. Looking at the history of Vaghela, it has always been his 'style' that he keeps his cards close to his chest and only reveals his decisions on the last minute.
Many political leaders call this the 'bapu style of arm twisting tactic' that he uses as a bargaining chip.