Gujarat political crisis: Congress MLAs shift to Bengaluru resort

The BJP leadership is working to avoid a scenario where the BSP which had drawn nil in 2014 general election manages to send its lone representative in the Lok Sabha. File

Gujarat political crisis: Congress MLAs shift to Bengaluru resort

Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Arjun Modwadia, said that a new chapter has been opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah and that they are managing to expand this plan beyond Gujarat.

Rattled by the loss of six legislators in a span of 24 hours, a contingent of senior Congress leaders on Saturday approached the poll panel, seeking protection from horse-trading and demanding free and fair Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat.

"Many of the Congress MLAs are of the opinion that they all should cross vote to show their displeasure for Ahmed Patel (the party's RS candidate)".

He also attacked Congress party for sending out its Gujarat MLAs to Bengaluru when the state is hit by floods.

"We are fighting for democracy, for truth, and our lives are at stake".

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Gohil also defended the BJP's accusations that the lawmakers were staying at a high-end hotel in Bengaluru at a time when Gujarat was being ravaged by floods. Suresh, in whose constituency the resort is located in Bidadi, said, "We are taking care of the MLAs".

The Congress party on Sunday accused the BJP of offering the 44 lawmakers from Gujarat, now camping in Bengaluru, Rs 15 crore in bribe and alleged that they were being threatened. A section of the Congress legislators claimed that seven MLAs decided against going to Bengaluru. Three of them joined the BJP on July 28.

When questioned about the Congress MLAs staying at a resort in Bengaluru, Gohil said, "If our people wanted to live in luxury in a resort, they could have taken Rs 15 crore offered by the BJP and travelled across the world". "We are like a family". You (BJP) are talking about differences between us?

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. Mr Siddaramaiah said no Congress leader from Karnataka had offered him a place in the party then.

Earlier, the BJP on Sunday said that the grand old party is now a sinking ship as their cadres are losing faith in the party leadership.

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In the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, the strength of the Congress has gone down to 51 from 57.

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

Of the total of 11 Rajya Sabha members from the state, the term of three - Smriti Irani and Dilipbhai Pandya (both BJP) and Ahmed Patel - will end on August 18.

"We have 44 legislators here, and we are also in touch with seven legislators, who are not here with us, and a few others from other parties including NCP are also voting for us".

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