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BJP chief Amit Shah seeking defections for a Congress-less Gujarat

30 July 2017

Gujarat Congress MLAs, who were shifted to a private resort near Bengaluru on Friday night, slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for creating "an atmosphere of fear" in Gujarat, forcing them to move out of the State ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls to be held on August 9. The tally since Thursday is five.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani brushed off the charges but not after taking pot-shots at the Congress.

Gujarat Congress legislature party chief whip Shailesh Parmar said, "Three MLAs, including me, Shaktisinh Gohil and another one, are yet to reach Bengaluru". Talking on why Congress has chose to shift the MLAs, Congress Whip in the Assembly Shailesh Parmar said, "We are leaving Gandhi and Sardar's Gujarat to save democracy. These MLAs indeed called me seeking my advice but I never told them to resign and join anywhere", Vaghela, who quit as Leader of Opposition on his 77th birthday on July 21, said.

In a clear sign of his frustration with the party leadership, Raghavjee admitted that he too was going to resign from the Congress in days to come. He said the BJP was acting in a "brazen manner". Earlier in the day two Congress MLAs, Maan Singh Chouhan and Sana Bhai Choudhari offered their resignations.

The Congress desperate appeal for the election body's intervention came after six of its lawmakers, all loyal to veteran politician Shankersinh Vaghela quit the party and there was speculation that a few more may be on their way.

"Forty Congress MLAs have been taken to Bangaluru so far".

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The Congress alleged that the BJP was "spending crores of rupees to buy" its MLAs, and there was information that at least two more MLAs could resign within the next 24 hours.

Ramsinh Parmar claimed that he did not quit the party keeping the Rajya Sabha polls in mind.

Ahmed Patel, senior Congress Party leader and close aide of party president Sonia Gandhi, had filed his nomination papers.

Meanwhile, Congress yesterday created an uproar in Parliament, alleging that Gujarat police had "abducted" its MLAs to help BJP candidates win Rajya Sabha polls. The party sources said that 49 MLAs flown to Bengaluru will be staying there for around a week with Gujarat Congress unit president Bharatsinh Solanki.

"A large number of Congress workers are unhappy with the way the party is functioning".

The Congress has accused the BJP of horse-trading ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat. "Therefore, I made a decision to resign as the MLA", Parmar said.

BJP chief Amit Shah seeking defections for a Congress-less Gujarat