Congress accuses BJP of horse-trading in Gujarat

Lynne Hanson
July 30, 2017

The 44 Congress MLAs, who left for Bengaluru to ensure they don't succumb to police and political pressure to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said on Saturday that there is no pressure and that they are not scared of the saffron party.

The Congress could not reach out to many of its MLAs as their mobiles were switched off, which further heightened their fear, the party then chose to pen the stock and dispatch them to Karnataka.

Party sources said Bengaluru was chosen as Congress has its government in Karnataka.

While the BJP candidates for Rajya Sabha polls - party president Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani - are expected to sail through, Mr Patel needs the vote of 43 MLAs.

Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi confirmed that the three MLAs had quit the party. The leaders complained that money and muscle power is in the full display in the state by the ruling BJP.

In terms of numbers, Patel is fine for now.

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The Congress MLAs are scheduled to fly by the 2345 hrs Indigo flight to Bangalore.

Mr. Dhanani also lambasted Gujarat Chief Minister for his remarks that the Opposition party MLAs were enjoying a holiday in a five star resort while the people of the State were suffering in the floods that have devastated the Banaskantha and Patan districts. Currently with the resignation of six MLAs now the number of Congress is 51.

Ahmed Patel, considered to be party president Sonia Gandhi's right-hand man, is a four-time Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament. Vaghela has resigned as LoP but has said would resign as MLA after the Rajya Sabha polls.

Senior Congress leader B.K. Hariprasad alleged that the Prime Minister's Office was "directly involved" in Gujarat's developments.

Apart from Rajput, who is MLA from Siddhpur, P.I. Patel, Congress legislator from Vijapur, and Tejshri Patel from Viramgam assembly tendered their resignation to Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora. "Similar attempts to buy the loyalty of Congress MLAs Mangalbhai Gavit and Ishwarbhai Patel were made by the misuse of muscle power, money power and state power". However, his election looks threatened due to defection by the Congress members from the state unit.

"The Congress leaders are being bribed and being forced by the administration to resign". Any increase in its tally here is what the BJP is trying hard ever since it came to power in 2014. While Chauhan declined comment, Chaudhary's son Praveen said, "I met my father on Thursday afternoon but he did not disclose his plan".

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