He alleged that Congress MLAs from Banaskantha and other flood-affected regions were forced to leave the state by the BJP-led state government.
Taking a dig at the party after it ferried its MLAs to Bengaluru to keep its flock together ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said its lawmakers were "enjoying themselves" there while those of the BJP were busy providing relief to the flood-hit people in the state. BJP sources said it is not surprised by the Congress' nervousness about its legislators even after it has spirited them away to a safe place as most of its MLAs are Rajputs or Patels and are likely to follow Shankersinh Vaghela. "We are fighting to protect democracy". They asked the Commission to constitute a high powered committee to enquire into the charges of money and muscle power to engineer defection of Congress MLAs.
The 44 Congress MLAs who were flown to Bengaluru on Friday night were present at a press conference on Sunday along with Gohil. A section of the Congress legislators claimed that seven MLAs decided against going to Bengaluru.
"They roam around with money to bribe people but the ones who have been loyal to the party will continue to be loyal to them and won't fall into their trap", he added. "There is no need for us to stay here (Bengaluru) for even a minute if they (BJP) say they won't threaten", the Congress MLA said. We are living like a family. You (BJP) are talking about differences between us?
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The Congress members accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of high-handedness to "steal" its assembly members. Another Congress MLA from Jamnagar, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, also indicated he would leave the party.
It also said that the sole of aim of the Congress was to save its vice president Rahul Gandhi in the country and Ahmed Patel in Gujarat.
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. Party sources said Bengaluru was chosen as the Congress has its government in Karnataka. 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.
Of the initial strength of 57 in Gujarat, six MLAs resigned from the party in the last two days. "We could have gone to Singapore or any other country but we chose to come to Karnataka because of the love we have received here", Gohil added.
According to Gohil, the BJP would fail to prevent the re-election of Ahmed Patel to the Rajya Sabha.