Four more Congress MLAs resign in Gujarat

The BJP is pulling out all the stops to win all three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat for which elections will be held on August 8

The party faces another jolt as three of its MLAs, Balwantsingh Rajput (Sidhpur), Tejashree Patel (Viramgam) and Prahlad Patel (Vijapur) quit the party to join the BJP on Thursday.

Mansinh Chauhan, the Congress MLA from Balasinor in Mahisagar district, handed his resignation to Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora this morning. This inspired me to join the BJP.

BJP member Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi objected to Azad's demand, saying that he may also ask for such directions from the Supreme Court.

"I also want to go to BJP and there are five others who are also preparing for it". Since then, many of us were waiting for the Congress to form the government.

"I don't know if these MLAs, who are trying to be very fearless on BJP advice, have been made aware of the consequences of 7-10 years of punishment as per law", he said. The comments come after at least six Congress MLAs in Gujarat resigned from the party to join the BJP since Thursday.

On Nitish Kumar switching sides, the Congress leader said it is like number portability where the chief minister is the same and only the service provider has changed from the RJD to the BJP.

The spate of resignations was triggered by Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela's exit from the party.

In the wake of Gujarat congress MLAs quitting and joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday laughed off the Congress' accusation that the saffron party was indulging in horse-trading ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for August 8.

Meanwhile, Congress yesterday created an uproar in Parliament, alleging that Gujarat police had "abducted" its MLAs to help BJP candidates win Rajya Sabha polls.

Vaghela had disassociated himself from Congress on July 21, a day after the presidential poll results revealed that 11 Gujarat Congress MLAs had cross-voted in favour of the NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

"You have to protect the Constitution..."

Similarly, P.I. Patel also said, "The Congress has done injustice to the Patels".

The BJP dismissed the allegations but the two parties traded barbs in the Rajya Sabha, leading to repeated disruptions.

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien said the Chair had nothing to do with elections.

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