A former senior politician from Gujarat, Shankersinh Vaghela who left Congress in July announced the formation of a third front, Jan Vikalp, in the state for upcoming elections to the 182-member assembly.
Shankersinh Vaghela was seen as the architect responsible for plunging the Congress into disarray to block Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s Rajya Sabha election. Vaghela’s move to create an alternative party follows a similar narrative and may hurt the Congress.
The Jan Vikalp forum was launched by Vaghela’s supporters through an online media campaign and using outdoor hoardings. According to Times of India, Vaghela is likely to announce a political similar to that of a third front on Dussehra, September 30. 2017.
“People associated with Jan Vikalp were insistent in seeking my support, so I decided to support them. There will be several major political programmes in the coming days, which I will declare on Tuesday,” Vaghela stated, as reported by TOI.
Though Jan Vikalp has claimed to be an alternative to BJP and Congress, considering Vaghela opely supporting BJP in the Rajya Sabha and Presidential elections, the third front may end up hurting Congress prospects in the forthcoming assembly elections.
Eleven MLAs supporting Vaghela have joined the BJP and his son, Mahendrasinh Vaghela and one more former MLA may join the party during Navratri.