Amit Shah, Smriti Irani to contest Rajya Sabha polls

BJP president Amit Shah is currently a Gujarat MLA

Gandhinagar: Though the Congress high command has sent 40 of its MLAs to Bengaluru to stop further defection ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled for August 08, chances of senior party leader Ahmed Patel's winning the all-important election seems nearly impossible. For the third seat, Congress has named Patel while BJP is looking to back a candidate who is pitted against Congress.

Ahmed Patel, senior Congress Party leader and close aide of party president Sonia Gandhi, had filed his nomination papers. Besides the six legislators who already quit, two more MLAs have threatened to sever ties with the party. Chauhan and Chaudhary could not be reached for comments. "I am in the politics because of Shankersinh Vaghela". MLA Punabhai Gamit was offered Rs 10 crore to join hands with the BJP.

Similarly, another BJP leader Prabhat Jha mocked the Congress, and said it is not more a party, but is being run by a family. They are joining us due to Congress's policy failure and lack of good leadership.

Parmar said he was exhausted of the internal rift in the Congress. Groupism was also rampant. "I haven't resigned as MLA", he told newspersons on July 26. BJP is expecting that Balwant Singh could also get support from Vaghela supporters.

Ramsinh Parmar claimed that he did not quit the party keeping the Rajya Sabha polls in mind.

The party has apprehensions about Patels election to the Rajya Sabha, if more MLAs defect.

Parmar, from Thasra constituency and chairman of the prestigious Amul Dairy, said: "I will not join BJP, though". It's just a question of the BJP succeeding in wooing at least one MLA to ensure the defeat of Ahmed Patel, the insider points out.

The larger goal is to deliver a strategic assault on the Congress in the election-bound home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of his plan of "Congressmukt Bharat". "They resigned a day after three MLAs - Balwantsinh Rajput, Tejashree Patel and Prahlad Patel - quit the party to join the BJP".

Yesterday, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi accused the BJP in Gujarat of horse-trading ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for August 8. Though Ahmed has remained out of government and maintained a low profile, he is a known strategist for the party and has always remained at the helm of affairs in Congress.

This dramatic exercise to take MLAs away from Gujarat has been done in order to stop exodus from the Congress.

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