BJP's Congress defection antics: EC demands response from Gujarat government
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MLAs defecting to BJP: Congress approaches Election Commission
What was the Congress memorandum to EC all about?
The memorandum submitted to the EC demanded it to constitute a committee to look into BJP's misuse of government machinery and use of money and muscle power to bring about resignations and defections of their MLAs and ensure fair conduct of Rajya Sabha elections.
What has happened so far?
Congress's problems were triggered by senior leader Shankersinh Vaghela's resignation from the party.
The past few days saw the resignation of 6 MLAs, with over 41 threatening to rebel and join Vaghela, seriously hampering Ahmed Patel's chances in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections.
In order to avoid its MLAs crossing over, Congress has shifted its 41 MLAs to a luxury resort outside Bangalore.
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What are the Congress MLAs saying?
"I am joining BJP ..... It is just a matter of time,'' notes Raghavji Patel, the Jamnagar Rural representative. While Bhola Gohil, from the Jasdan constituency has been evading state Congress leaders, MLAs from Jamnagar North and Godhra are expected to make a decision soon.
What does this mean for Congress?
Congress maybe in trouble. 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, more resignations are likely
Reportedly, ex-Party chief Balwantsinh Rajput will fight against Patel in RS polls.