Gujarat Congress party huddles over alarming exodus of MLAs to BJP

He was the Congress chief whip in the state assembly and an MLA from Siddhpur.

On Friday, Rajput filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha (RS) election against the Congress's Ahmed Patel. Rajput will file his nomination on Friday, the last date of filing nomination.

Tribal leader of the party from Mandla in Madhya Pradesh Ms Sampatiya Uikey will contest the Rajya Sabha bye-poll from state.

Hours after three MLAs joined BJP on Thursday, one of them - Balwantsinh Rajput - was named the party's third Rajya Sabha candidate.

Till now 6 MLAs have quit Congress and joined BJP taking Congress' tally to 51 in the 182-member assembly.

Mansinh Chauhan, Balashinor MLA and Channabhai Chaudhary of the Vansada (Dangs) assembly constituency also resigned as the MLA and from the Congress.

DNA reported that the Congress's ordeal will endure since it is nearly certain to lose 11 more of its MLAs.

"It's chief minister portability", he said. According to the numbers, BJP is entitled to two while Congress will get one.

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Responding to the recent resignation Ashok Gehlot accused BJP of plotting conspiracy against them and reassured that Ahmed Patel will win the polls. But with Nitish Kumar's JD (U) joining the NDA bandwagon, the vote of its sole MLA, Chhotu Vasava, remains uncertain.

"Crores of rupees have been spent in horse-trading in Gujarat by the BJP".

Congress leaders are keeping their fingers crossed over Patel's victory as MLAs of Janata Dal (United) may, in the changed situations, not go his way.

In a media statement earlier this week, Vaghela said that Patel had offered him a Rajya Sabha seat but he had turned it down.

As many as 36 MLAs (out of 57) had in April urged the central leadership to declare Vaghela as the CM candidate. At some point, he may emerge as the party's Prime Minister Candidate after Modi.

"You are stealing MLAs by using the police (to garner votes)", Azad said, adding, "You should be ashamed".

In a major setback to the Congress in Gujarat, two more Congress MLAs resigned from the party as the turmoil in Gujrat reached a feverish pace. Union Minister Parshottam Rupala sought to counter the charge saying it was an internal matter of the Congress, whose MLAs, including the leader of the party in the state assembly, were deserting it.

  • Sonia Alvarado