New Delhi, June 26: The Former Chief Minister of Gujarat and senior Congress leader, Shankersinh Vaghela slammed the Congress party leadership, saying that India's oldest political party is heading towards a suicide. Vaghela criticized party’s leadership after the high command refused to give him a free hand ahead of the Gujarat polls.
While addressing a meeting of his supporters, Senior Congress leader said, "There is a pit ahead, if someone does not want to see it and fall into it, they can. I will not fall in that pit." He claimed that there's no planning or homework for the Gujarat polls and that the leaders are directionless.
He also said after he spoke out about the need to prepare for the Gujarat Assembly elections, all other state leaders were working to oust him from the Congress. After the crushing defeat in Uttar Pradesh, you have to be more alert in Gujarat, he said.
"As you are the owners of the party, we have to follow whatever you say. We have to follow if you give wrong orders. We follow whatever you say because we are in the party, but do not consider this as my weakness," Vaghela said.
"My problem with the party is they have done no planning to win Gujarat elections, when we know that it (elections) won't be delayed for even a month. Owners lack the foresight”.
"AK Antony committee's report was accepted which said that candidates should be declared one year prior to elections do it at least six months in advance. But the time is running out here," senior Congress leader said.
He further said, "I have made my case before the Delhi high command and told them all this," said Vaghela, who visited the national capital two days ago. One cannot sit (idle) and expect to win, one has to do homework. If you do not want to do anything then I believe you have taken a contract to lose to the BJP”.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state where the Bharatiya Janata Party has ruled since 1998 goes to the polls late this year. Earlier, AAP had announced grand plans in 2016 to put up a fight in all 182 seats.