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Rajya Sabha polls: As three MLAs resign, Congress in Gujarat strikes flock to resorts

Congress had moved its MLAs to a resort in Jaipur in March this yr. (File picture)

AHMEDABAD: Rattled by resignations of three MLAs forward of the June 19

Rajya Sabha polls

, the

Congress

in

Gujarat

on Saturday shifted a number of of its legislators to resorts and bungalows close to their constituencies to thwart any “poaching” bid, a celebration chief stated.

With the resignations of Akshay Patel and Jitu Chaudhary on June three and that of Brijesh Merja on June 5, the Congress’ power within the 182-member Home has been lowered to 65.

The efficient power of the Home, nevertheless, stands at 172 as of now as ten seats are presently vacant – two attributable to court docket instances and the remaining due to resignations.

Whereas a number of MLAs from north Gujarat have been shifted to a resort close to Ambaji in Banaskantha district, these from south and Central Gujarat have been moved to non-public bungalows in Anand, Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi stated, including that legislators from Saurashtra area have been shifted to a resort in Rajkot.

“The MLAs have been requested by get together excessive command to reach in resorts in Anand, Ambaji, and Rajkot after finishing their work on Saturday. They’ll arrive in these resorts on the idea of the zone-wise location of their constituencies. A lot of them have arrived. Others will attain there quickly,” he stated.

He stated senior leaders of the Congress will work together with MLAs and talk about the present scenario and upcoming

Rajya Sabha elections

.

Doshi stated MLAs would possibly proceed to remain in these resorts till the day of the election for 4 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat, i.e on June 19.

Earlier, the Congress had moved its MLAs to a resort in Jaipur in March this yr after 5 of them had resigned forward of the March 26 elections to the Higher Home. The polls have been deferred because of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

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With the lowered power at 65, the Congress could discover it troublesome to win two Rajya Sabha seats for which it has fielded senior leaders Bharatsinh Solanki and Shaktisinh Gohil.

A celebration MLA stated Solanki stays the second choice after Gohil, and that they may vote as per the directive of the get together on June 19.

“All 65 MLAs are united. There isn’t a inside factionalism within the Congress. Bharatsinh (Solanki) himself is aware of he’s the second candidate. It’s the get together’s resolution. We’ll solid our vote as per the directive of the get together. State unit get together president Amitbhai Chavda has additionally introduced that Shaktisinh is our main candidate,” stated MLA Vikram Madam.

Congress leaders have accused the ruling

BJP

of adopting means like “blackmailing, threatening or utilizing cash to poach its MLAs”.

“In every case, we will see how these individuals in energy are both providing cash or positions or blackmailing MLAs to make them resign. It’s clear these (three) MLAs have been purchased over with crores of rupees,” he stated.

The BJP, which has 103 MLAs within the meeting, has fielded Abhay Bhardwaj, Ramilaben Bara, and Narhari Amin for the June 19 polls.

Whereas the Bharatiya Tribal Social gathering has two MLAs, the Nationalist Congress Social gathering has one legislator and there may be one Impartial legislator, Jignesh Mevani.

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