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EC seeks report from Gujarat govt over Congress' allegation of poaching

EC seeks report from Gujarat govt over Congress' allegation of poaching

The Congress Party earlier in the day accused the BJP of buying and threatening their MLAs in Gujarat for Rs. 15 crore and paraded its 44 MLAs who are camping here. Escalating its fight with the BJP, the Congress not only charged the ruling party of using money and muscle power but also charged Gujarat bureaucracy of siding with the ruling party and called for setting up of high-powered committee of independent persons / officers to probe into charges of " blatant misuse of government machinery to engineer defection of MLAs". "These MLAs chose to stand by the party even when they were offered Rs 15 crore". "The BJP government, instead of focussing on providing relief to flood-affected people, is poaching our MLAs", he alleged. He claimed that the Congress MLAs from Gujarat were fighting for democracy. "We are shocked to learn from our MLAs, Vyara Assembly MLA Punabhai Gamit, Dang MLA Mangalbhai G Gamit and Dharampur MLA Ishwarbhai Patel have all been approached by the BJP and its agents to defect in consideration of monetary allurements".

He said BJP is doing horse-trading and we are trying to protect the democracy. "Only BJP can give them the fodder", BJP leader Subramanian Swamy told reporters. "There is no need for us to stay here (Bengaluru) for even a minute if there was no threat from them in Gujarat", he claimed. "We are like a family". The BJP has fielded party president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and former Congress MLA Balwantsinh Rajput.

After interacting with the locals in Kankrej taluka and other affected regions, Rupani made a decision to stay in Banaskantha and Patan for the next five days to oversee the relief operations, a government release said. They are expected to be flown back before the elections on August 8.

Bengaluru Rural MP DK Suresh, who is overseeing the arrangements, however, said that the leaders from Gujarat "have come to our state for rest and tourist goal and we are stationed here to facilitate it".

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Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said at a time when the people of North Gujarat were facing problems due to excessive rains, the entire Congress had gone to Bengaluru to "enjoy".

Congress has re-nominated Patel, political secretary to party chief Sonia Gandhi, to the Upper House of Parliament from Gujarat.

Of the initial strength of 57 in Gujarat, six MLAs resigned from the party in the last two days. "The MLAs want to talk to officials in their constituencies but the resort manager took away their phones", a source in Eagleton said. The three MLAs may also be moved to Kodagu. "Similarly, Ahmed Patel's greed to save his Rajya Sabha seat here will sink Gujarat Congress", he said.


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