Gujarat : Two more Cong. legislators quit and join BJP

Gujarat Congress seems to be falling apart before ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha polls and Assembly polls slated to be held later this year.

Two more party legislators Mansinh Chauhan and Chhanabhai Chaudhary resigned on Friday, and will be joining BJP, giving a major jolt to party veteran Ahmed Patel, who is struggling to keep the flock together.

On Thursday, three MLAs had resigned and immediately one of the three MLAs Balwantsinh Rajput was fielded by the BJP as third candidate for Rajya Sabha to take on Mr Patel, trusted aide of Nehru-Gandhi family.

“Several more MLAs will follow the suit,” a BJP insider told The Hindu, exuding confidence that the party will win all the three seats in the upper house. “We have adequate numbers to ensure victory of Balwantsinh Rajput,” a Vaghela loyalist told

t is now evidently clear that despite Mr. Vaghela’s publicly stated view that he would vote for Mr Patel in Rajya Sabha polls, he has joined hands with BJP to engineer exodus of MLAs to put Mr Patel’s candidature on jeopardy.

Resignation of increasing number of legislators is making the Rajya Sabha battle a tightrope walk for Mr Patel, seeking his fifth term in upper house.

With resignation of two more MLAs, Congress tally has shrunk from 57 to 52 in 182-member assembly.