Another Congress MLA resigns in Gujarat, sixth in two days

The BJP is pulling out all the stops to win all three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat for which elections will be held on August 8

The BJP is pulling out all the stops to win all three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat for which elections will be held on August 8

The desertion of MLAs from the Congress Legislature Party is worrying for the party ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls on August 8, especially in view of leader Ahmed Patel's bid for the Upper House. The tally since Thursday is five.

"The Parliamentary board has made a decision to field our party chief Amit Shah and Textile and I&B minister Smriti Irani for the Gujarat Rajya Sabha seats", he said.

Rebel Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela claimed that he had no role to play in the exit of exit of half a dozen Congress party legislators during the last two days.

"With Vaghela, or Bapu, as he is popularly known, declaring his dissent for Congress, three other party MLAs €" Balwantsinh Rajput, Tejashri Patel and PI Patel €" have also resigned from Congress. In such circumstances, it is not possible for me to work for Congress party, due to this I resign from all the posts of Congress. Any increase in its tally here is what the BJP is trying hard ever since it came to power in 2014. "Unlike the Presidential election, this is not a secret ballot and the MLAs face chances of disqualification if they resort to cross voting", the Congress source added. Over the past three years since the Congress party was wiped out in the 2014 parliamentary elections, Kumar has been increasingly given national assignments.

This after six Congress MLAs defected to the BJP in a span of 24 hours. Besides its own legislators, the Congress hopes to get support from two NCP lawmakers.

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Summary: Condemning the mass defection of Congress MLAs to BJP, Randeep Singh Surjewala, media in-charge of All India Congress Committee, said that the ruling party does not care about democracy. As such, Patel enjoys a clout within the Congress leadership that is matched by no other party leader - with the exception of Sonia and her son, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Vaghela has resigned as LoP but has said would resign as MLA after the Rajya Sabha polls.

Of the total 11 RS members from the state, the term of three-Irani and Dilipbhai Pandya (both BJP) and Ahmed Patel-is ending on August 18. "So our legislators are being moved to safety", Arjun Modhvadia, senior Congress leader, said at Ahmedabad airport before leaving.

The resignation is seen as a major blow to Congress ahead of the Rajya Sabha election.

"When I met Ahmed bhai recently, I cautioned him about this situation and urged him not to contest polls, as I already saw this coming. I have no remedy for this", he said.

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