Sulking former minister and Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela today organised a ”show of strength” gathering on his 72nd birthday, in a possible attempt to send a message to the Congress high command.
Thousands of his supporters turned up.Vaghela, who joined Congress after quitting BJP and was Union Textile Minister in the first UPA government, has been sidelined after he lost 2009 Lok Sabha election from Godhra constituency.
Congress sources conceded that he was nursing resentment.
Vaghela had recently lobbied for Rajya Sabha berth, but Congress decided to continue with sitting member Ahmed Patel.
Vaghela”s show of strength event comes at a time when both Congress and BJP have started preparation for the Assembly elections of 2012.