Gujarat: Amid exodus, Congress flies out MLAs to Bengaluru
The Gujarat Congress has gone into damage control mode after six of its MLAs resigned in two days ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls.
In a bid to keep the flock united, it flew out 44 of its state MLAs to Bengaluru, said chief whip Shailesh Parmar.
They will reportedly stay at a resort until polling on August 8.
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Six resignations in two days
Two days ago, ex-party chief Balwantsinh Rajput, Dr. Tejshri Patel and Prahlad Patel gave their resignations and joined the BJP.
A day later, three more MLAs- Ramsinh Parmar, Mansinh Chauhan and Channa Chaudhary- also sent in their resignations.
The party's strength in the assembly has now come down to 51. Sources say eight more Congress MLAs are in touch with BJP.
What does this mean for the Congress?
This spells trouble for Congress. Senior leader Ahmed Patel has filed nomination for a fifth Rajya Sabha term.
In terms of numbers, Patel is fine for now. With the assembly strength down to 176, he will need 45 votes.
However, considering 11 Congress MLAs had cross-voted for the BJP presidential candidate, it fears more resignations.
Reportedly, Rajput will fight against Patel in RS polls.
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