In a big blow to the Congress ahead of the elections, former deputy chief minister Narhari Amin and six other leaders resigned from the party on Tuesday. Amin is believed to be headed for the BJP, and an announcement could be made tomorrow itself, though this could not be independently confirmed.
Amin, a prominent leader of the Patel community, was sulking after he was denied a ticket to contest the elections by the Congress. He sent his resignation to Gujarat Congress vice-president Balubhai Patel.
Along with Amin, six other Congress leaders, including former spokespersons Jayantilal Parmar and Hitesh Patel, general secretary Ashish Amin, farmer cell chairman Dashrath Patel, teacher’s cell chairman Digvijaysinh Gohil, and Ahmedabad Congress vice-president RC Patel, resigned from the primary membership of the Congress on Tuesday.
“We have tendered our resignations to the GPCC in view of injustice in distribution of tickets by the high command and the party’s state leadership,” Hitesh Patel said.
The former president of Gujarat Cricket Association said that the party had offered him Rajya Sabha candidature and the post of working president of the state unit, but he had declined.
“I am not striking any deal with the party. How can I trust a party that has treated me like this after so many years of loyalty?” Amin, who was denied a ticket on the ground that he had lost two consecutive assembly elections, said.
Amin also said that he has been in politics even before the current crop of leaders like Shaktisinh Gohil and Arjun Modhwadia were born.
Asked about his future plans, Amin said, “I am going to bring an earthquake tomorrow. People sitting in Delhi will realise what happens if you make decisions without keeping local considerations in mind.” Amin did not elaborate further, but sources said that he is just a step away from joining the BJP.
Sources also said that Amin’s supporters from across the state are gathering in Ahmedabad on Wednesday for a show of strength.