Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela announced his new political party on Sunday ahead of National Assembly elections due to be held in December this year.
The veteran politician announced on social media that he has launched a new party, the Praja Shakti Democratic Party, which will contest the upcoming National Assembly elections.
Vaghela, 82, announced his party’s ‘Panchamrut’ five-point programme, which includes ₹12lakh health insurance protection for family income ₹12 lakh per year, free education for children of such families up to 12th class, unemployment allowance for young people until they get a job, water tax exemption, free electricity until to 100 consumption units, loan exemption for farmers and reduction of electricity bills.
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He also made a poll promise to scrap the “corrupt no-alcohol policy” and introduce a new “scientific alcohol policy” based on expert opinions.
“People are looking for an alternative in Gujarat so I decided to start the Praja Shakti Democratic Party, the party was registered a year and a half ago,” Vaghela said.
In August 2017, Vaghela joined Jan Vikalp, a party recently formed by his supporters ahead of the December 2017 elections.
Vaghela, who served as Gujarat Congress President in the past, was expelled along with seven Congress MPs after voting for the rival BJP candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections.
Vaghela was part of the BJP and played a crucial role in the party’s victory in Gujarat in 1995.
Vaghela joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 2019 and resigned in 2020 after Rajya Sabha elections for four seats in Gujarat.
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