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Ex-Gujarat CM Shankarsinh Vaghela's son joins BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Gandhinagar 

Former Shankarsinh Vaghela's son Mahendrasinh, a two-time MLA, today joined the BJP.

Vaghela joining the BJP has come as a second blow to the opposition party in less than two weeks and ahead of the 2019 elections.

On July 3, senior leader had quit the and joined the ruling party in the state. He was immediately made a

Soon after joining the BJP, attacked Rahul Gandhi, saying that given his style of working, a revival of the country's oldest party does not look possible in the near future.

was elected to the Assembly on a Congress ticket for two consecutive terms from Bayad in North -- 2007 to 2012 and 2012 to 2017.

"Today, two-time of former Gujarat (Mahendrasinh Vaghela) has joined the BJP," state BJP announced here.

Mahendrasinh had voted against Congress candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls held in August 2017.

He had quit ahead of the Assembly elections held in December last year.

However, he did not contest the elections or join any party then.

Asked why he has joined the BJP now, Mahendrasinh said, "The style of working of Gandhi will not revive that party in Gujarat or elsewhere in the country in the near future."

He also praised the leadership of and BJP

The development comes at a time when Shah is on a visit to Gujarat, his home state.

The arrived here late last night and took part in "mangla aarti" (auspicious morning prayers) at the today.

Asked if will also join the BJP, his son evaded a direct reply and maintained his father will take a call himself regarding his next move.

Before the 2017 Assembly polls, Shankarsinh, then a legislator, had led a rebellion in the Congress, which resulted in 13 MLAs quitting the party.

Some of them had later joined the BJP and fought the elections, which saw the saffron outfit retaining power in Gujarat though with a reduced margin.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 14:30 IST