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After Shankersinh Vaghela, Gujarat Congress' chief whip exits with 2 MLAs

After Shankersinh Vaghela, Gujarat Congress' chief whip exits with 2 MLAs

Its Gujarat lawmakers safely sequestered in a luxurious Karnataka resort hundreds of kilometres away, senior Congress leaders headed to the Election Commission in Delhi on Saturday accusing the Gujarat government of trying to arm-twist and lure its lawmakers ahead of the 8 August elections for the three Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat.

The BJP has already announced the candidatures of Amit Shah and Smiriti Irani from Gujarat for the August 8 elections.

Meanwhile, the Gujarat legislators staying at the Eagleton Golf Resort on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway, at Bidadi, plan to embark on a pilgrimage from Sunday, after a day's rest, with the State Congress playing host. The proposal of Rajput as the third candidate is to ensure that Ahmed gets a tough fight in the upcoming election.

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. "Ahmed bhai knows that given the access he has to the party president, no leader will confront him directly but if he loses the election then the party might start listening to others too", said a senior Gujarat Congress leader, requesting anonymity.

Ashok Gehlot, AICC general secretary in-charge of Gujarat, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of indulging in "low tactics" in pursuit of power.

Three Rajya Sabha Seats in Gujarat are up for grabs.

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Congress sources said the High Command sounded out the State Party leadership in Bengaluru on safe-keeping the MLAs. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and BJP national president Amit Shah are other two candidates fielded by the party. He said the BJP was acting in a "brazen manner".

The Congress High Command, anxious over the defection of six party MLAs in Gujarat to the BJP in the past couple of days, has shipped 46 of its MLAs to Bengaluru, fearing Operation Kamala. One of the Congress MLAs (Rajput) who had resigned has even filed his nomination against Ahmed Patel.

Earlier today, in yet another blow to Congress, Vansda MLA Chhanabhai Chaudhary, Mansinh Chauhan from Balasinor, Ramsinh Parmar from Thasra and C.K. Raolji submitted their resignations to Speaker Ramanlal Vora.

Replying to the Congress allegation, Gujarat's deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel reiterated that ruling party has nothing to do with whatever is happening in the Opposition party as it was their internal matter.

Dang MLA Mangal Gavit and Ishwarbhai Patel, another Congress legislator present at the press meet, made similar allegations.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told ANI, "Crores of rupees have been spent in horse-trading in Gujarat by the BJP".


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