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Gujarat: Two more Congress MLAs leave party, total now five

Gujarat BJP President Jitu Vaghani welcomes Congress MLA Prahlad Patel to the BJP in Gandhinagar on Thursday. Photograph: (DNA)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 28, 2017, 06.10 AM (IST)

Two more Congress MLAs from Gujarat have left the party, taking the total to five. 

ANI reported that Mansingh Chouhan and Chhanabhai Chaudhary have resigned and handed over their resignations to the assembly speaker. 




Three Congress MLAs had earlier left the party and joined the BJP. 

This comes just a few days after the Congress lost its tallest leader in the state, Shankersinh Vaghela. 

And just a few months before Gujarat goes to the polls. 

Gujarat is expected to go to the polls some time in November or December. 

All three MLAs — Congress chief whip in the Gujarat Assembly and Siddhpur MLA Balwantsinh Rajput, Virmagam MLA Dr Tejshri Patel, and Vijapur MLA Prahlad Patel — said they were unhappy with the turbulence in the Congress. 

The DNA newspaper quoted Rajput as saying, "I was with the Congress for 35 years and have served on different positions in the organisation and government offices as well. But, I was disturbed by the internal rift in the party, and the high command seemed least interested in resolving it. I also observed that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat and India have developed immensely. This inspired me to join the BJP. I will not demand a ticket and will handle what the party assigns me."

On Friday, Rajput filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha (RS) election against the Congress's Ahmed Patel. 


DNA reported that the Congress's ordeal will endure since it is almost certain to lose 11 more of its MLAs. 

Should they do so, Patel is expected to lose the RS election. 

BJP President Amit Shah and information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani also filed their nominations for the Rajya Sabha elections -- they too are fighting from Gujarat -- on Friday. 

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