Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, former MLA Indranil Rajguru left the Aam Aadmi party and joined the congress on Friday, claiming that the Arvind Kejriwal-led outfit was operating as a “B-team” of the BJP in the state.
Rajguru, who had joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after leaving Congress in April this year, returned to the big old party, claiming it was the best option to defeat the BJP in Gujarat.
He was reportedly angry for not becoming the chief ministerial face of the AAP.
Rajguru took part in the congress in the presence of AICC Gujarat, responsible Raghu Sharma, Gujarat Congress chief Jagdish Thakor, Congress Leader of the Legislature Sukhram Rathava and other senior leaders.
Speaking at a press conference at AICC headquarters, Rajguru said he had joined the AAP to defeat the BJP, but found that it was acting as the “B-Team of the BJP”.
He said Congress was the best bet to beat the BJP in the upcoming polls.
Rajguru said he had been in contact with Congress in recent weeks and had not shared the stage with Kejriwal at his last few press conferences in Gujarat.
Rajguru had won MLA from the Rajkot East seat as Congress in 2012. In 2017, he decided to leave his safe seat to fight the Assembly polls against then Chief Minister Vijay Rupani of the Rajkot-West seat. But he eventually lost to Rupani.
In 2018, Rajguru resigned from Congress, claiming he was not satisfied with the functioning of the party organization. He had also claimed that party employees involved in anti-party activities during the polls were promoted rather than punished.
Rajguru had rejoined Congress in 2019, but dropped out again in April 2022 to join AAP.
Parliamentary elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5, with the vote counting taking place on December 8.
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