Punabhai Gamit, the Congress MLA from Vyara, alleged that a senior police official posted in Tapi district approached him yesterday and offered Rs 5-10 crore to him for switching over to the BJP, which he declined.
"This is the internal problem of Congress as its leader of opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela, its chief whip Balwantsinh Rajput and spokesperson Tajeshriben Patel have quit as they faced difficulties".
"What they did in Goa, Manipur and in Bihar, they are trying to do the same in Gujarat". At least eight MLAs were said to have missed the flight to Bengaluru. "Similar attempts to buy the loyalty of Congress MLAs Mangalbhai Gavit and Ishwarbhai Patel were made by the misuse of muscle power, money power and state power".
Another Congress MLA from Jamnagar, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, also indicated he would leave the party.
"Congress has shifted 44 of its MLAs to Bengaluru", Gujarat Congress general secretary Nishit Vyas, who is with the legislators in Bengaluru, told PTI.
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"According to the information I got, a lot of people from Congress are in favour of Balwantsinh Rajput".
While the writing was on the wall about Congress' leaders in Gujarat heading for a split in Gujarat due to infighting, Rajput's exit might pose a threat to the party's prospects in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. He continued, "By misusing money power, muscle power and state power, MLAs are being asked to meet Amit Shah for changing their loyalty and vote by way of defections".
Following repeated adjournments earlier on, the Rajya Sabha was on Friday adjourned for the day soon after it met after lunch, amid a ruckus by Opposition and treasury benches.
Following this, Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad laughed off the accusation and said the Congress has become a sinking ship and is not able to hold their own house together. Currently with the resignation of six MLAs now the number of Congress is 51. The Congress members accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of high-handedness to "steal" its assembly members. Sana Bhai Choudhary gave me his resignation.
"BJP needs to win over just one more MLA", a top Congress source, refusing to be named, said, adding, "Considering that the total strength of the Gujarat state assembly is 182, divided between three candidates, Ahmed Patel would require the vote of 47 MLAs to win".