Amit Shah fields Rajput as BJP's 3rd candidate

29 July, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • BJP president Amit Shah is currently a Gujarat MLA

BJP president Amit Shah is set to make his debut as a member of Parliament with the BJP parliamentary board today announcing that he will contest the August 8 Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat.

In Ahmedabad, a Congress statement signed by Surjewala and five MLAs, including three who claimed the BJP tried to lure them with crores of rupees among other things, said: "Hunger for power has made the rulers blind to the extent that Congress MLAs are being offered bribe of crores of rupees, election ticket and other allurements".

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

Earlier in the day, two of Gujarat Congress MLAs - Mansingh Chouhan and Chhanabhai Chaudhary had quit the party.

It was a signal from Mr Vagehla that the Congress underestimated his ability to damage the party. "So they have chose to go out of the state", said party leader Arjun Modhwadia about moving party legislators to another location.

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. On Friday, one of the Congress turncoats, Balwantsinh Rajput, filed his nomination as the third BJP candidate. Though Gujarat Congress general secretary, Ashok Gehlot has assured that the Rajya Sabha elections will not witness any cross voting, there are possibilities few of its members may ditch the party again.

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Meanwhile, Congress launched a scathing attack on the BJP for attempting to try and poach its MLAs by hook or by crook.

Facing an alarming exodus on MLAs, the Congress party in Gujarat huddled on Friday to discuss their future strategy ahead of Rajya Sabha elections.

"You are stealing MLAs by using the police (to garner votes)", Azad said, adding, "You should be ashamed".

According to sources, more Congress MLAs, who are seen as staunch supporters of Vaghela, are likely to resign before the RS polls. Rajya Sabha is not the place to protest.

It was alleged that Scheduled Tribe Congress MLA Punabhai Gamit, a three-time legislator, was being threatened and lured. "I have worked for the party for 25 long years", Tejashree Patel, a firebrand woman leader and one of the most active legislators of the Congress in the state Assembly, bemoaned.

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