RS polls: Fearing horse-trading, Gujarat Congress shifts legislators

Rajasthan: Some Gujarat Congress MLAs have reached Jaipur. MLA Himmatsinh Patel says, "Everything is alright. Every party has some strategies, this is a part of that."
The Gujarat Congress on Saturday started shifting its MLAs to different destinations outside the state, fearing horse-trading ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections to be held on March 26.

Around a dozen Congress MLAs arrived at Ahmedabad airport to board a flight, with MLAs themselves saying they have no clue where they are going.

The Congress decided to shift its MLAs, even when the Assembly session is underway, after three BJP candidates and two from Congress filed their RS poll nomination forms on Friday for four seats.

MLAs like Himmatsinh Patel, Ganiben Thakor, Chandanji Thakor, Rutvik Makwana, Bharatji Thakor, Lakha Bharwad, Nathabhai Patel, Ajitsinh Chauhan, Harshad Ribadiya, Chirag Kalariya and others were seen at Ahmedabad airport, as they arrived to board flights to unknown destinations.

Sources said the MLAs will go in separate groups to Congress-ruled states like Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

Talking to the media, MLA Baldevji Thakor said, “For now I am going to Delhi. From Delhi, the party will decide where I will go. We have to go to three to four different places.”

The Congress’ move is to thwart any attempt at cross- voting.

It has fielded senior state leader Shaktisinh Gohil and Bharatsinh Solanki, while the BJP has fielded Abhay Bhardwaj, Ramila Bara, and Narhari Amin.

According to the seat strength in the Assembly, the BJP can win two seats, while it will require cross-voting from Congress MLAs to win the third seat, as this would require 111 votes.

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