Published: Sat, July 29, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Gujarat Congress' flies its Gujarat MLAs to Bangalore

Gujarat Congress' flies its Gujarat MLAs to Bangalore

All three candidates of BJP for RS polls, Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput will file their nomination on Friday morning at Gujarat Assembly. The tally since Thursday is five.

In the wake of several Congress MLAs in Gujarat quitting the party to join the BJP, 44 of the grand old party's MLAs left for Bengaluru on late Friday night to avoid being poached.

Chhanabhai Chaudhary, the party legislator from Vansda in Navsari district, gave his resignation to the Speaker at the latter's residence last night, while Ramsinh Parmar, MLA from Thasra in Anand district quit today from the Congress party and as MLA. The coastal state will witness polls for three seats in the Upper House on August 8.

DNA reported that the Congress's ordeal will endure since it is nearly certain to lose 11 more of its MLAs. Singhvi also accused the BJP of adopting unlawful measures with the use of money and power to force the Congress MLAs to switch sides and quit the assembly.

Which means that while Ahmed Patel will need the backing of fewer legislators to win, Balwantsinh Rajput will also need fewer votes to defeat him.

As many as 44 of the remaining 51 Congress MLAs left for Bengaluru, a lot of them by 11.45 p.m. Indigo flight from Ahmedabad to Bengaluru in Congress-ruled Karnataka while the others from South Gujarat and Saurashtra flew off through Mumbai to the South Indian metropolis. "The BJP has nothing to do with it", he said.

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"I don't know if these MLAs, who are trying to be very fearless on BJP advice, have been made aware of the consequences of 7-10 years of punishment as per law", he said.

For getting a Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat, the support of 47 MLAs is required.

The development came hours after seven Congress MLAs made a decision to quit the party in the last two days.

Within minutes of joining the BJP, Rajput was named the party's third Rajya Sabha candidate.

After seven sitting Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) left the Indian National Congress in Gujarat, the party today chose to fly down the remaining MLAs to Bangalore.

The three MLAs, known to be close to Vaghela, later joined the BJP in presence of the party's National President Amit Shah. "Similar attempts to buy the loyalty of Congress MLAs Mangalbhai Gavit and Ishwarbhai Patel were made by the misuse of muscle power, money power and state power".

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