Oppn protests in RS over kidnapping of Gujarat Congress MLA

Jul 29, 2017, 00:10
Oppn protests in RS over kidnapping of Gujarat Congress MLA

While Prahlad Patel did not give any comments regarding his resignation according to the sources Balwantsingh Rajput resigned because he was intentionally being targeted by his colleagues.

In a major setback to the Congress in Gujarat, two more Congress MLAs resigned from the party as the turmoil in Gujrat reached a feverish pace.

It is alleged that prominent Congress MLA Punabhai Gamit, a prominent tribal leader and a three-time legislator, was threatened and lured.

"To ensure that BJP is not successful in its mission, 44 of us Congress MLAs are leaving from Gujarat for Bengaluru", ANI quoted Gujatat Congress leader Shailesh Parmar as saying.

With the three resignations, the effective strength of the Congress Legislature Party has shrunk from 57 to 54. Rajput's son is married to Vaghela's granddaughter, in his resignation letter to Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi he said that "I have worked sincerely for the party since 1982 but for the last few years, the Congress party has been trying to harm my reputation through my colleagues intentionally". It is believed to be part of Shankar Singh Vaghela's plan, under which he had said goodbye to the Congress last week.

Union minister Smriti Irani will also contest the Rajya Sabha polls from Gujarat from where she is already an MP and her term ends on August 18.

Should they do so, Patel is expected to lose the RS election. They later drove to the BJP office in Gandhinagar and joined the saffron party in the presence of its president Amit Shah. The issue also rocked the Rajya Sabha, which witnessed repeated adjournments as angry Congress members accused the BJP of "stealing" party lawmakers. BJP has nominated three candidates for three seats of Rajya Sabha while Congress has fielded only two candidates.Rajput sold teaLike PM Modi, Balwantsinh, 55, had to work on a tea stall as he could not complete his schooling due to poor economic condition of the family.

The Congress would also seek direction to the Election Commission as they are losing the elections, the minister added. Although Vaghela had quit the Congress and announced his resignation as an MLA after the Rajya Sabha elections, he "technically" continues to be a Congress MLA.

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