With Shah and Irani entering the fray, the Rajya Sabha election for the three seats in Gujarat has become more interesting.
Patel exuded confidence and said that unlike Presidential election, there will be no cross voting during the Rajya Sabha polls and he will make it back to the upper house.
Vaghela was elected to Lok Sabha in the polls that followed, in 1977, from Kapadbhanj on a Janata Party ticket, a seat that he could not retain in January 1980.
“Today, I free myself from Congress and I set Congress free,” Vaghela said in a meeting that was held in Ahmedabad on Friday as part of his birthday celebrations.
Ever since Modi launched the Banvandhu Kalyan Yojana for the tribals in the state, Shah said Rs 57,000 crore has been spent for the welfare of the community.
The former career diplomat said she drew strength from that holy place and reaffirmed her commitment to take forward the principles of Mahatma Gandhi.
Modi's statement comes a day after protests were held in cities across the country against a wave of attacks on Muslims by mobs.
The Koli community, listed under the OBC category in Gujarat, will be a deciding factor in 18 seats in Saurashtra region. They also have a strong presence in other parts of the state.
Going by BJP sources, the saffron party leadership is desperate to bring Shankersinh Vaghela back to his former party or at least erode his clout over the Thakore community.
“Over last couple of years the party has inducted a number of senior Congress leaders with strong groundswell,” said a BJP member.
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