It was extensively believed that when in 2017, Mahendrasinh Vaghela adopted the footsteps of his father, former chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela, and stop the Congress, it was as a result of the daddy wished to cement the son’s stuttering political profession.
Mahendrasinh, then a Congress MLA from Bayad within the Aravalli district, was among the many 14 MLAs, together with his father –then the Chief of the Opposition within the Gujarat Meeting — who had stop forward of the Rajya Sabha election, by which the late Ahmed Patel was in search of re-election.
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On Friday Mahendrasinh returned to the Congress, the place he had begun his profession in electoral politics, although the social gathering excessive command has cold-shouldered Shankersinh’s alerts to return.
Sources, nevertheless, say the son’s return signifies a “backdoor entry” for Shankersinh into the social gathering. Given his oratorical expertise, he’s even anticipated to marketing campaign for Mahendrasinh, if the latter had been to contest the elections. Congress sources say there’s a good probability he’ll. “His former constituency of Bayad may be thought of for Mahendrasinh’s ticket. Different choices embrace Dehgam, Abdasa and even Gandhinagar,” mentioned a celebration supply.
Mahendrasinh, 58, who describes himself as a “farmer and a social employee” is Shankersinh’s eldest of three kids, with son and a daughter after him. The household runs the Shankersinh Vaghela Bapu Charitable Belief that owns the Bapu Gujarat Information Village, an academic campus in Gandhinagar, of which Shankersinh is the chairman and managing trustee, and Mahendrasinh a trustee.
In 2017, Ahmed Patel gained by a whisker in a intently fought election, the place, pitted towards him was former Congress Meeting whip Balwantsinh Rajput, one other of the 14 MLAs who adopted Vaghela out of the Congress. Rajput, who’s now within the BJP, stays related to the Vaghelas, as his son is married to Mahendrasinh’s daughter.
Mahendrasinh joined the BJP in July 2018, however stop in October the identical yr. Overshadowed by his veteran RSS-rooted father, who had break up the state BJP in 1996 to launch his personal social gathering to develop into the chief minister, Mahendrasinh contested his first Meeting election in 2002, from Sami in Patan district, dropping to the BJP. Congress was then preventing the elections beneath the management of Shankersinh, after his Rashtriya Janata Social gathering (RJP) merged with the Congress.
When in BJP, Mahendrasinh was hardly seen or heard, maybe as a result of he’s recognized to be “soft-spoken” and to maintain a low profile. However on Friday, when he returned to the Congress, he mentioned, “I’ve neither gone to any BJP occasion nor the social gathering headquarters,” including that he was at all times with the Congress in his “thoughts”.
Mahendrasinh finally turned MLA for the primary time in 2007 from Meghraj constituency in Aravalli, when his father was a Union minister within the Manmohan Singh-led UPA authorities. In 2012, he gained once more from the Bayad seat in Sabarkantha.
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