In politics, there are no permanent friends or foes. Keshubhai Patel, Shankarsinh Vaghela and Narendra Modi all used to work together for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and later, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, they are arch rivals now and each is using all his powers to defeat the others in the upcoming assembly elections.
On the other hand is Narhari Amin, who fought all his life to defeat the BJP; be it elections of the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank, senate and syndicate elections of Gujarat University, Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) or assembly elections.
Surprisingly, he is now joining the very party he wanted to defeat in the presence of chief minister, Narendra Modi on Thursday.
Since Amin was denied a ticket from the Gandhinagar North constituency and he along with his supporters resigned from the Congress on November 27, it was believed that he would join the BJP sooner or later. Before joining the saffron party, Amin landed his first blow to his former party, Congress, by organising a dissident meet at a farm house on SG Highway on December 2.
As if to hint at Amin’s entry in the BJP, around 150 Congress workers including the party’s ward committee of Naranpura joined the saffron party on Wednesday.
Ironically Amin, who is believed to have earlier played a major role in bringing together the top three state Congress leaders – Shankarsinh Vaghela, Arjun Modhwadia and Shaktisinh – on a single platform and trying to eliminate differences within the party, is now blaming the trio along with the party’s screening committee chairman for his exit.
As the Congress high command had threatened to take disciplinary action against party dissidents after failing to woo them, Amin resigned from the party on Tuesday. He has asked all his supporters to gather at his residence at 8 am on Thursday.
Modi is likely to welcome Amin in the saffron party fold as the BJP has announced that the chief minister will address media on Thursday morning at the party head quarters in Khanpur.