Gujarat: Congress flies 44 MLAs to Bengaluru to prevent defections
The developments come after at least six Congress MLAs in Gujarat resigned from the party to join the BJP. Photograph: (Twitter)
After six Gujarat MLAs quit Congress to join the BJP in the last two days, the party flew out 44 of its MLAs to Bengaluru on Friday night.
This came hours after the Congress accused BJP of horse-trading in Gujarat ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections on August 8.
"To ensure that BJP is not successful in its mission, 44 of us Congress MLAs are leaving from Gujarat for Bengaluru. To hide their failure, the saffron party is trying to make sure our MLAs resign by offering money and through police pressure," Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar was quoted as saying by ANI.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told ANI, "Crores of rupees have been spent in horse-trading in Gujarat by the BJP. One Congress Gujarat MLA Punabhai Gamit has said he was offered Rs. 10 crore by the BJP to join hands with them."
Ahmedabad: 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs leave for Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/BtRim2K8Sm— ANI (@ANI_news) July 28, 2017
The BJP rejected the charges. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress has become a sinking ship and is not able to hold their own house together.
"The Congress has become a sinking ship and the senior leaders, who did not get respect, are now openly saying that they don't want to continue with them. This is the hard fact. The sinking ship is not able to hold itself together," Ravi Shankar Prasad told ANI.
Six Congress MLAs quit the Congress before the Rajya Sabha elections for three seats, a defection that may impact the results for the party that had 57 MLAs in the 182-member Assembly.
Karnataka: 10 more Congress MLAs from Gujarat reached Bengaluru's Eagleton resort this morning; security deployed outside. pic.twitter.com/BX6uXq9781— ANI (@ANI_news) July 29, 2017