In an informal chat with reporters, the Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly said that the members of the minority community joining the state’s ruling party are akin to them being "going to the slaughter house".

Vaghela was in the city to take part in the ongoing Ganesh festival celebrations. The former Chief Minister said the minority community members should keep in mind the 2002 post-Godhra riots and the recent communal violence in Muzaffarnagar before veering towards the saffron outfit.

Vaghela's comments come in the wake of reports that a large number of the community members are set to join BJP in Gujarat. Speaking separately, Congress leader and Union Minister Bharat Solanki, without naming Chief Minister Narendra Modi, attacked him for nursing ambition to become Prime Minister.

History shows that political leaders who expressed their desire to become Prime Minister had to be disappointed as their dream remained unfulfilled, he maintained.

Solanki also questioned the ability of the BJP's candidate for the top post to handle issues related to foreign affairs. The country needs a Prime Minister who is peace-loving, mature and committed to all-around development, the Congress leader said.


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