Leveling serious allegations against Solanki, former Rajyasabha MP Sagar Ryka resigns from Congress PEC in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Leveling serious charges against Gujarat Congress president and former union minister Bharatsinh Solanki, former Rajyasabha MP and senior party leader Sagarbhai Ryka has resigned from the newly formed Pradesh Election Committee (PEC).

The resignation of Ryka, 64 year old veteran Rabari leader from Mahesana who had been the in-charge/co-in-charge of the party in various states including Tamilnadu, Andhara Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal, and serious charges leveled by him against Solanki, show that ‘all is not well’ within Gujarat Congress even after the resignation of 14 MLAs including former CM Shankarsinh Vaghela from the party recently.

Ryka today said that he has sent his resignation from the PEC to national president Mrs Sonia Gandhi as she was the appointing authority. He, however, said that he has not resigned from the party. Notably Solanki was the president of the PEC also which was formed on August 25 in the wake of the assembly election.

‘Solanki, who was quite junior to many of the party leaders and to me also was working in arbitrary manner without bothering to consult anyone. Recently he made 70 to 80 appointments including those of vice presidents, secretaries and others in the same way. He is taking decisions unilaterally. Not only this the reports in media questioning his character (his alleged relationship with a lady in the party) has also embarrassed us. I am not happy with his style of functioning and had informed about it to Ahmedbhai (political secretary to Sonia Gandhi) and Gujart Congress in-charge Ashok Gehlot 2 to 3 months back,’ Ryka said.

He said that the unabated corruption in party ruled local bodies (District Panchayats) has also put us in a difficult situation. As the party president he has done nothing to check it and in such a situation it would be very difficult to face the people in those areas during the coming assembly election.

To a query he said that he had even worked with Solanki;s father (former CM Madhavsinh Solanki) and now neither a ticket aspirant nor want any post. ‘I am an old guard of the party with over 4 decades of association with it and I am its well wisher. I am waiting for our leader Rahul Gandhi to return from visit abroad,’ he said.

Notably, Vaghela had also demanded ouster of Solanki while he was leader of opposition of the party. The party high-command had in an apparent bid to put a check on Solanki, appointed four working presidents in the state.


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