Congress has alleged that the BJP has raised a corpus of Rs 150 crore to poach Congress MLAs, ahead of the June 19 Rajya Sabha elections on four seats in Gujarat. Three Congress MLAs have resigned from the Congress recently, talking the tally of exits from the grand old party to eight since March this year.
Lashing out at the exiting MLAs, former GPCC chief
Talking to Mirror, Modhwadia said, “The MLAs have been directed to reach various resorts depending upon their location. All our MLAs are united to ensure victory on both the RS seats.”
MLAs herded in resorts
Legislators belonging to
On Saturday, Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani, Arjun Modhwadia and Hardik Patel reached the resort along with party’s more than a dozen, out of total 22, MLAs from Saurashtra.
MLAs from North Gujarat are staying at Wildwinds Resort near Ambaji while Central Gujarat MLAs have been put up at Aries Riverside Resort in Umeta, near Anand.
Gujarat Cong chief in denial mode
Amit Chavda said, “We are not sending MLAs to any resort. Saurashtra MLAs had only assembled for a meeting with Paresh Dhanani and Arjun Modhwadia. They will return after the meeting.”
Over the last two days, Congress MLAs Akshay Patel, Jitu Chaudhary and Brijesh Merja resigned from the party. Earlier in March, Pravin Maru, Pradyumnasinh Jadeja,
BJP exudes confidence
Gujarat BJP President Jitu Vaghani said, “I don’t want to comment on the issue as I have already issued a statement.”
Vaghani had said, “The BJP is going to win the Rajya Sabha polls due to infighting of Congress. The MLAs are resigning as the Congress is a sinking ship and they don’t have faith in their leadership.”
We are not sending MLAs to any resort. Saurashtra MLAs had only assembled for a meeting with Paresh Dhanani and Arjun Modhwadia in Rajkot. They will return to their constituencies after the meeting is over
Amit Chavda GPPC president
Why do the Congress MLAs have bouts of trouble right before the RS polls? And not during the three-year intervening period? The BJP has opened up its money bags and is running after Congress MLAs to buy them
Arjun Modhwadia former GPCC chief
The BJP is going to win the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat due to infighting of Congress. The MLAs are resigning as the Congress is a sinking ship and they don’t have faith in their leadership
Jitu Vaghani Gujarat BJP president
‘Shaktisinh Gohil our first candidate’
Addressing a press conference, Arjun Modhwadia said, “Our first candidate is Shaktisinh Gohiland second candidate is Bharatsinh Solanki. We have a strategy to ensure victory of both of them.”
However, GPPC chief Amit Chavda said, “There is no question of the first or second candidate. Both of them will win.”
Party MLA Vikram Madam said, “Bharatsinh himself knows he is the second candidate. It is the party’s decision.”