Three Gujarat Congress legislators Resigned before Rajya Sabha elections

The resignations of these MLAs also follows the cross voting by at least 11 Congress MLAs in the recently held presidential elections.

"Those MLAs who will defect, not vote, leave their membership, join another party, cross-vote or hobnob - all of them are liable under the anti-defection law, which means for six years they can not vote and they can not be MPs and MLAs", the Congress leader added. Ramsinh Parmar, after giving his resignation to assembly Speaker Raman Vora said that, "I was MLA from Congress for last 22 years but unable to justify expectations of my voters".

Meanwhile, Congress launched a scathing attack on the BJP for attempting to try and poach its MLAs by hook or by crook. The BJP has the mandate to win only two seats. There were no independent. The party had 57 MLAs in the 182-member Assembly.

Congress earlier on Friday alleged that the Gujarat police had abducted its MLA in the state with a view to influence the upcoming elections to the Upper House.

Soon after Rajput joined the BJP, he was named as the candidate for the third Rajya Sabha seat, along with BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani, who are expected to win easily, given the BJP's strength in the Assembly.

Three had quit on Thursday, promptly joining the BJP in what is seen as political vengeance designed by veteran politician Shankersinh Vaghela, who exited the party last week.

The Gujarat unit of the Congress suffered yet another blow today when another party MLA resigned from the Assembly today, taking the total number of legislators to have quit to six.

Political sources say Chaudhary and Chauhan are expected to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "Therefore, I made a decision to resign as the MLA", Parmar said. It may include Vaghela's MLA son Mahendrasinh and another close aide Raghavji Patel among others. "Nobody in the party listened to our voice and took note of our aspirations", Patel said.

BJP's woman tribal leader Sampatia Uike from MP will be fielded in the RS by-election from Gujarat, Union Minister JP Nadda said.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Wednesday filed his Rajya Sabha nomination from Gujarat. Eminent doctor and its whip Tejashreeben Patel has left it.

  • Jon Douglas