Monday, 21 August, 2017

Cong stalls RS by raising MLA abduction issue

BJP Chief Amit Shah To Contest August 8 Rajya Sabha Polls From Gujarat This is the first time Amit Shah will debut as a member of Parliament
Cecilia Poole | 30 July, 2017, 01:18

Congress leader Anand Sharma also levelled the same allegation against the BJP.

One more leader, CK Raolji, who is believed to be the closest to rebel leader Shankersinh Vaghela, was on his way to resign but turned back midway "for final negotiations".

The only Muslim parliamentarian from Gujarat, Ahmed is considered a troubleshooter for Congress, and ensured that he remains a troublemaker for BJP.

Congress MP D K Suresh claimed the MLAs, who flew in earlier in the day, came to visit some temples.

On Thursday Balwantsinh Rajput (who was also the chief whip), Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel had resigned. Pointing out that as of today, six of the Congress MLAs have resigned from the assembly, bringing down the strength of the state assembly to 176, the source said, "Divided by three, it means, Ahmed Patel needs 45 votes".

He added that in the upcoming state elections, he will not fight from Congress. In such circumstances, it is not possible for me to work for Congress party, due to this I resign from all the posts of Congress.

When Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien told Opposition that they should approach Election Commission, Azad said the issue has to be raised in the Upper House as it relates to polls to the Rajya Sabha. As a last ditch effort to keep its flock together, the Congress has flown 44 of its MLAs to the Egleton Resort near Ramanagara in Bengaluru, hoping that they would stay with the party at least till they cast their votes for Ahmed Patel in the RS polls.

It is to be said that BJP has nominated party president Amit Shah from Gujarat and Union Minister Smriti Irani as Rajya Sabha candidate. People like an Indian Police Service officer who was behind bars for 8-9 years in fake encounter case are being used to kidnap our MLAs, offer money or threaten our legislators.

The Gujarat Congress on Friday suffered another blow as three more MLAs quit the party. The leaders complained that money and muscle power is in the full display in the state by the ruling BJP. "My resignation has nothing to do with the Rajya Sabha polls". He, however, said that the question of joining BJP does not arise at this point. Currently with the resignation of six MLAs now the number of Congress is 51. Sana Bhai Choudhary gave me his resignation. "I have no remedy for this", he said.

However, more than increasing its tally in Rajya Sabha, the BJP leadership intends to block Ahmed Patel's entry into the parliament - consecutive fifth term (since 1993).

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