After six of its MLAs quits the Congress party ahead of the crucial 8 August Rajya Sabha poll, the Party leadership decided to transfer its MLAs in Gujarat to Bengaluru to guard them from being poached by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Consider the current situation in Gujarat where attempts are being made to attract our members, we are taking 46 of our MLAs to Bengaluru, said a senior party leader.
Senior Party leader Naresh Rawal told the party had been forced to fly out the minister since the Gujarat government was harassing them and forcing them to cross over.
The Opposite party in Gujarat, three more MLAs resigned on Friday, taking the number of ministers who quit the party ahead of the Rajya Sabha poll to six. Mansingh Chouhan, Chhanabhai Chaudhary and Ramsinh Parmar handover their resignation to the Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora.
On Thursday, party MLAs considered to Shankarsinh Vaghela quit and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, which quickly declared them to candidate for next month’s Rajya Sabha polls against Ahmed Patel. The Congress has re-nominated Ahmed Patel, the political party Chief Sonia Gandhi, to the Upper House of Parliament from Gujarat.
Congress spoke person Randeep Surjewala demanded that the Election Commission register a criminal case against the Bharatiya Janata Party for poaching its MLAs using money and muscle power, a charge denied by the saffron party.