Amit Shah who was elected as an MLA from Sarkhej in four consecutive elections in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2007 was instrumental in scripting BJP's victory in 2014 Assembly elections. "For Rajya Sabha elections, they are using police", Azad said.
Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia told reporters at Ahmadabad airport that it was a question of the security of MLAs and they were being taken to a safe place. The party sources said that 49 MLAs flown to Bengaluru will be staying there for around a week with Gujarat Congress unit president Bharatsinh Solanki. Along with Shah and Irani, Rajput is also likely to file his nomination for the RS poll on Friday.
In the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, the strength of the Congress has now gone down to 51 from 57. Considering the party's concerns, EC has asked a detailed report from the Chief Secretary of Gujarat to submit a detailed report on horse-trading charges by July 31.
"It's a touch and go situation", the insider said, adding, "It's a matter of spending a few crores, which his nothing for the BJP".
"The MLAs are here to offer their prayers to God so that the Congress candidate bags a seat in the Rajya Sabha election". BJP chief Amit Shah and textile minister Smriti Irani would contest for the two seats.More news: Rays get lefty slugger Lucas Duda in trade with Mets
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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". On Friday morning, Vansda legislator Chhanabhai Chaudhury, Thasra legislator Ramsinh Parmar and Balasinor legislator Mansinh Chauhan put in their papers from Congress and quit as Members of Gujarat Legislative Assembly.
In a late damage control after seven MLAs from Gujarat resigned from Congress in last 48 hours, the party shifted its 44 MLAs to Bengaluru, to prevent, what they call horse trading ahead of a crucial election in the state. He said the BJP was acting in a "brazen manner".
The Congress has already lost six MLAs in the state to resignation and this could spell trouble for Ahmad Patel, Sonia Gandhi's political advisor who is eyeing a fifth term in the Upper House.
Besides Surjewala and senior Gujarat leader and Congress MLA from Abdasa Shaktisinh Gohil, the statement has been signed by legislators Punabhai Gamit, Mangalbhai Gavit, Ishwarbhai Patel and Anand Chaudhary.
Dang MLA Mangal Gavit and Ishwarbhai Patel, another Congress legislator present at the press meet, made similar allegations.