"I told Soniaji I will not break her trust by joining BJP," Shankersinh Vaghela

New Delhi: After the unfolding of a great drama since morning today,finally the announcement has come: Shankersinh Vaghela finally announces his decision to quit Congress party. He said,"Mai apne aap Congress ko apne se mukt karta hoon. I am not going to join any political party," adding,"Few days back I met Sonia ji in person, I told her that I will not break her trust by joining BJP."

Earlier in the day the veteran leader Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday announced that the party high command had expelled him.

 Addressing a gathering here on his 77th birthday, Vaghela had said the party had shown him the door, but had added that he will not quit.

 Barely a few hours later comes the news of his quitting the party. He said the party did not even wait to hear what he would say at Friday's event before taking the decision to throw him out. Vaghela termed it a case of "vinashkale vipareet budhdhi".

The Congress party was quick to rubbish Vaghela's allegations and claimed that he was not sacked. Party spokespersons, speaking to media representatives said that Vaghela had resigned in contradiction to his claims of being ousted from the party.

Congress on Thursday evening, the Gujarat Congress issued a warning to Vaghela not to "play any politics" under the guise of his birthday celebrations with his supporters and legislators.

He was also told that his public utterances would not be tolerated by the party any further.

The maverick Vaghela, who had snapped ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the late nineties to set up his own party that later merged with the Congress, has been telling the party high command to hand over reins of the December election battle to him.

The Gujarat Congress on Thursday evening issued a warning to veteran party leader Shankersinh Vaghela not to "play any politics" under the guise of his 77th birthday celebrations with his supporters and legislators on Friday.

He was also told that his public utterances would not be tolerated by the party any further.

The Gujarat Congress on Thursday evening had issued a warning to veteran party leader Shankersinh Vaghela not to "play any politics" under the guise of his 77th birthday celebrations with his supporters and legislators on Friday.

He was also told that his public utterances would not be tolerated by the party any further.

Vaghela, who is the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, had asserted last month: "If the party wishes to concede defeat even before the fight has begun, I would not commit suicide with it."

The Congress high command seems to have finally decided to take a tough position on Shankersinh Vaghela. 

After Vaghela announced his birthday celebrations on Tuesday national spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil met Vaghela at his residence to placate him as well as to convey him not to hold public events and embarrass the party.

The maverick Vaghela, who had snapped ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the late nineties to set up his own party that later merged with the Congress, has been asserting before the party high command to hand over reins of the December election battle to him.

Although publicly he has been denying that he wanted to be projected as the chief ministerial candidate, Vaghela said at the June 24 meeting and has often asserted before the media and his supporters publicly that there had been no planning for the elections and he had objections to the ad-hocism going on, taking a dig at Bharatsinh Solanki.

News24Bureau with Agencies