Gujarat Legislators To Start Returning Tomorrow From Bengaluru Hideaway
- Author: Megan Austin Aug 07, 2017,
Aug 07, 2017, 0:59
All legislators would stay in a resort near Ahemdabad till the commencement of the voting for Rajya Sabha elections on August 8 to prevent attempts force them to defect to BJP through horse-trading. Losing in his home state could hamper Congress' chances in the Assembly elections scheduled for December. Speaking to reproters later, Abdasa MLA Shaktisinh Gohil said: "The BJP is spreading false news that about five-six of our colleagues want to return to Gujarat and that we are forcible kept here". They maintained that money was being offered to them and their family members by the BJP, which is hell-bent on ensuring defeat for Ahmed Patel, Congress candidates and AICC supremo Sonia Gandhi's political secretary. "I had sent the message to Delhi that MLAs are not happy and might join the BJP".
"People are dying in flood, MLAs are not there. Though we are a small party with only two MLAs, we have suddenly become important and people are now searching for these two legislators", he told reporters in Anand.
After their eventful week-long stay in the Eagleton Resort in the Ramanagara-Bidadi area in the outskirts of Bengaluru from July 30 onwards, the 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat will be leaving for home in Gujarat by Indigo flights on Monday August7 morning.
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Patel said the decision about supporting any party in the Rajya Sabha polls would be taken in consultation with Pawar.
Meanwhile, senior NCP leader Praful Patel today said his party has not decided yet about extending support to any party in the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. "14 of their MLAs have either left the party or have made up their mind not to vote for the Congress candidate", he said.
The 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat, shifted to Bengaluru to avoid break in ranks ahead of Rajya Sabha elections, visited the Raj Bhavan on Saturday and met Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, who hails from their state. Lawmakers in Gujarat will vote for three Rajya Sabha seats on Tuesday. The BJP, with 121 MLAs in the House, can easily get Shah and Irani elected.