JAIPUR: Congress’s newly-appointed in-charge for Gujarat Raghu Sharma on Saturday said he will work to ensure that his party contests the upcoming assembly elections in the state strongly and emerges victorious.
He said that despite being a common worker of the party, the Congress party trusted him responsibly and it would be his resolve to bring about a change in Gujarat.
“The strategy would be to make the party stand strong, fight the elections strongly. With agitation and training programmes, the party will form the government in the times to come,” Sharma told reporters during a press briefing.
Sharma holds the portfolio of Medical and Health Department in the Rajasthan government and his appointment as in-charge ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat in 2022 is being seen as a sign of a possible reshuffle in the Rajasthan government’s cabinet.
He will be on a three-day visit to Gujarat to meet party leaders and workers.
Sharma said: “I am not the son of any big political leader and do not have any political family background. I am a common grassroot level party worker. The party has trusted me and given the responsibility so I am also a resolve. Going with me, change is visible in Gujarat.”
Sharma said that his priority is the Congress party and its organisation.
When asked how the Congress will deal with the current BJP government in Gujarat, he said there has been no development, governance and demonstration in the state.
He said, ‘If there was governance or development, what was the need to change the Chief Minister, Deputy CM.
If BJP has accepted that it has proved to be useless and has not performed then they should apologize to the people of the state.
He said the BJP should give reasons as to why the chief minister was changed and the state cabinet reshuffled.
He said that the BJP formed the government in Gujarat in an unconstitutional manner in 2017 with the support of 18 Congress MLAs.
“Now, the MLAs who were given portfolios in the BJP government in Gujarat have also been thrown out,” he said.
When asked about talking to Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, who was earlier in charge of Gujarat Congress, he said that he has not done so yet.
“He is a senior leader of the party and will take his advice as and when required,” Sharma said.