Prashant Dayal, Ahmedabad: A week ago, Mahendrasinh Vaghela, the son of former Gujarat chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela had met BJP national president Amit Shah in Delhi, where it was decided that he will join the party. Sources close to Bapu (as Shankersinh is popularly known) informed that he was not kept in the loop about his son’s meeting with Amit Shah and was done against wish. During the Gujarat Assembly too, Amit Shah had offered to take in Mahendrasinh into the party and have him contest the election for BJP, but Bapu was apprehensive back then too.
Mahendrasinh was reportedly upset with his father due to this and believed that if not today, in the near future he would allow him to join the party. But Bapu was yet not ready to allow as he believed that if Mahendrasinh joined the BJP, he won’t hold any value for himself because he knew Amit Shah and Narendra Modi very well. Both leaders are known to forget people once they are of no use to them, something that is visible in the condition of those leaders who switched parties from Congress to BJP, including senior leader Narhari Amin.
In 2012, Narendra Modi had promised Amin that he will not forget him, but come 2017 elections, party president Amit Shah ensured that Amin never got a ticket to contest the elections. Bapu feared that his son too will have to face a similar situation in the future. According to sources close to Mahendrasinh, BJP had offered him a ticket to contest from Sabarkantha district, where the party is not in a strong position. Bapu had left Congress on the confidence of Amit Shah and Modi, but now the BJP doesn’t acknowledge him anymore and he doesn’t want his son to face the same.
Mahendrasinh believed that his political career will be finished if he doesn’t take an action now. Even if BJP doesn’t fulfill its promise, there is nothing wrong with staying in the party in power.