Seven other MLAs are not part of the group in the resort near Bengaluru but Gohil hoped they would listen to their "inner voice" and not vote against the Congress. The lawmakers were shifted reportedly to prevent its rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from poaching them ahead of the Rajya Sabha poll in Gujarat on August 8 in which its senior leader Ahmed Patel is contesting for a fifth term. "When there was flood in Banaskantha, my MLAs were there with people but no BJP minister or leader were present", Gohil said. "We are fighting to save democracy", he told reporters here. "There is no internal problem between us", Mr. Gohil said.
Already abandoned by six MLAs in 24 hours, and faced with the threat of losing more, the Congress on Friday night managed to fly out 44 of its legislators to Bengaluru. A section of the Congress legislators claimed that seven MLAs decided against going to Bengaluru.
The election for the third Rajya Sabha seat in Gujarat is turning out to be a tense battle of nerves with Congress hard work to stave off a humiliating defeat which will impact party morale and BJP keen to score a prestigious win that will emphasise its political dominance.
"If our people wanted to live in luxury in a resort, they could have taken the Rs 15 crore offered by the BJP and travelled across the world", he said. "We are like a family".More news: Trump Sacks Chief Of Staff
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Earlier, Raghavji Patel, a Shankersinh Vaghela confidant, who is likely to join the BJP on Monday, said, "Those who have gone to Bengaluru were in touch with me before leaving". You (BJP) are talking about differences between us?
"We are planning to take them to some temples and tourist spots in the state over the next few days", Suresh said.
After interacting with the locals in Kankrej taluka and other affected regions, Rupani made a decision to stay in Banaskantha and Patan for the next five days to oversee the relief operations, a government release said.
"While the BJP led state government and forces were trying their best to save the flood affected people, the grand old party is busy doing press conference in lavish Bungalows in Bengaluru and accusing us of doing horse trading", Javadekar said, and added it was like "the pot is calling the kettle black" as they ran away from Gujarat when the state is suffering from flood. The erosion from its legislature party has cast a shadow on the fate of Patel as the party has to zealously guard against further desertion to ensure his victory in the poll due to be held on August 8.