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Gujarat political crisis: Congress MLAs shift to Bengaluru resort

31 Julio 2017, 05:46 | Cornelio Vivanco

That the political advisor to the Congress president, the man who ran the Congress from behind the curtain for several years, is uncertain of victory in his home state despite having the numbers till a few days ago is a tragicomic reminder of the decline of the party and its utter incompetence to break the freefall.

Patel is seeking re-election to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat but defection by a number of Congress MLAs has left the party anxious.

BJP has fielded party president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and former Congress MLA Balwantsinh Rajput who joined the BJP on Thursday.

After losing six MLAs, and being nearly on the verge of losing seven more, Congress cloistered its remaining 44 MLAs over the weekend at a five star resort in Bengaluru.

"It is trying to lure 22 of our MLAs", said Congress MLA from Gujarat and AICC spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil. Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. He needs 47 preference voters in the first round for re-election.

The BJP is headed for another victory in the state that it has governed uninterrupted for almost 22 years. They had won 110 seats against the Congress' 80 and were three short of a majority.

"The BJP is hitting below the belt". "Some of the BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu are flaunting this control". Look what they have done in Bihar.

He alleged that Congress MLAs from Banaskantha and other flood-affected regions were forced to leave the state by the BJP-led state government.

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. Ever since he was jailed in 2010 in the Sohrabuddin encounter case, Shah has been determined to get at his political "enemies". They were harassing them. Which explains the desperate attempt by the Congress, to now ferret the "loyalist" MLAs to a hotel in Congress-ruled Karnataka? He has been a Rajya Sabha MP since 1993 and a three time Lok Sabha MP before that.

On the recent switch of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to the NDA, Shah said Nitish himself made a decision to part ways from the RJD and the Grand Alliance and that the BJP did not break any party.

Hariprasad refuted reports that the Congress MLAs from Gujarat were kept under house arrest here.

According to Congress sources, Patel was reluctant to fight the election but was requested by the party to do so, so he agreed.

"I am freeing myself of the Congress and every other party". As per a report by Indian Express, the leaders also claimed that they have support of 45 MLAs necessary for electing Ahmed Patel again to the Rajya Sabha poll that is scheduled to take place next week. Rahul Gandhi, like always, has shown a complete lack of ability to provide leadership. "I am contesting as a candidate not as secretary to the congress president".



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