BJP offering Rs 15 crore, poll tickets: Gujarat Congress MLAs

They also claimed to have the support of the requisite 45 MLAs necessary for ensuring that Ahmed Patel, senior Congress leader and aide to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is elected again to the Rajya Sabha in next week’s polls.

Written by Johnson TA | Bengaluru | Published:July 31, 2017 3:38 am
gujarat elections, gujarat congress, gujarat congress rift, Shaktisinh Gohil, Bharatsinh Solanki, gujarat news, india news Congress spokesperson and MLA from Abdasa constituency, Shaktisinh Gohil, who addressed the media at the Magnolia Resort said the MLAs were not in their constituencies after the floods because they were being poached by the BJP with allurements such as Rs 15 crore and tickets to contest the forthcoming Assembly polls.

A GROUP of 42 Congress MLAs from Gujarat, who are holed up in a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru to escape alleged poaching attempts by the ruling BJP in Gujarat ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls, put up a united front Sunday and sought to dispel perception that many of them were being held against their wishes. They also claimed to have the support of the requisite 45 MLAs necessary for ensuring that Ahmed Patel, senior Congress leader and aide to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is elected again to the Rajya Sabha in next week’s polls.

Congress spokesperson and MLA from Abdasa constituency, Shaktisinh Gohil, who addressed the media at the Magnolia Resort said the MLAs were not in their constituencies after the floods because they were being poached by the BJP with allurements such as Rs 15 crore and tickets to contest the forthcoming Assembly polls.

“The BJP is using below-the-belt tactics to lure the MLAs. They are using the threat of IT raids and the CBI to target the MLAs. Until now, this was not being done but with the Rajya Sabha polls around the corner they have started it,” Gohil said. He dismissed reports that the Congress MLAs were being forced to part with their mobile phones and live in semi-captivity in Bengaluru.

“The game of the BJP is to get 22 of the 57 MLAs of the Congress. Six have resigned and seven more have been lured but they have not resigned and they are having some doubts. I would like to appreciate the MLAs here who have not succumbed to the offer of Rs 15 crore or threats,’’ he said. According to Gohil, the BJP began targeting Congress MLAs after winning over the party’s chief whip and then a tribal MLA.

“The tribal MLA was made to sit in a vehicle by a police officer who was earlier accused of involvement in a fake encounter and was offered Rs 15 crore and the guarantee of a ticket to contest the next polls. After they won the MLA, who is a simple person, they began using him to target other MLAs,” Gohil alleged.

He claimed that it was the BJP government in Gujarat that was shirking its responsibility to flood victims by engaging in efforts to break the Congress rather than the Congress MLAs who had moved to Bengaluru to escape the poaching attempts. “If it was luxury that these MLAs were after then they could have accepted the Rs 15 crore offers from the BJP and toured the world. They have all gathered here to uphold democracy,” he said.

Bengaluru was chosen as the place to shepherd the MLAs remaining in the Congress flock since the state is ruled by a Congress government, Gohil said. “We will go wherever we feel secure,” he said. “If the CM of Gujarat and Amit Shah state tomorrow that they will not target our MLAs then we will return to Gujarat.” Gohil said the Congress was in touch with seven MLAs who had moved away but had not resigned as yet and that some were undecided in this group.

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    Jul 31, 2017 at 11:45 pm
    Congress Amhed Patel should call his dear friend Nari Naryanaswami who is an expert in buying or threatening Congress MLA s!
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      Damodar Biswal
      Jul 31, 2017 at 4:17 pm
      Why did the congress not approach the court? Seems there is no truth in its allegation.Congress is trying to hide its failure to keep is flock together.
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        Kamal Pasha
        Jul 31, 2017 at 2:28 pm
        BJP has the financial backing of ministry of Finance and Jetly.,
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          Sri
          Jul 31, 2017 at 5:36 pm
          What happened to the money collected in the scams of 2G, Coalgate,CWG, Augusta Westland and various other schemes of the couurup and anti-national Congress ??
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          Venkateshan Chandramouli
          Jul 31, 2017 at 2:26 pm
          A PARTY NOT READY TO TRUST ITS OWN LAW MAKERS WANTS TO SIT AND GOVERN THE WHOLE NATION. THEY HAVE REDUCED THE PARTY TO BUNCH OF JOKERS AFTER GREAT LEADERS LIKE INDIRAJI AND NARASIMHARAO JI
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            Jul 31, 2017 at 2:22 pm
            Why Congress and Ahmed became poor? They should offer more. Ahmed Patel should ask his friend Nari Naryanaswami advise " how to buy MLA s"
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              Chander Pal
              Jul 31, 2017 at 2:07 pm
              Nice try. Congis do not have faith on a mere 40 odd MLAs and they want us to hand over the baton to them. Here are some historical facts (1) Governor Ram Lal of Andhra put every thing up side down when NTR had abroad for medical reasons. (2) Code of Romesh Bhandari in U P. (3) M M S had to get the services of one Amar Singh and a certain head of BSP. (4) Is it a coincidence that 3 consecutive bunglows in a lutyens zone had to be allotted and shortfall in congi numbers after the commies left. (4) Gov of then Haryana made a simple counting mistake to keep Devi Lal at bay.
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                Parth Garg
                Jul 31, 2017 at 1:44 pm
                "Na khaunga, na khane doonga'.
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                  Sri
                  Jul 31, 2017 at 5:40 pm
                  Don't take the hysterics of the corrupt Congress seriously. If BJP is really offerring Rs 15 crores then all the Congi leaders wud have accepted the offer and collected the bounty and run away any case it is going to become Congress Mukth Bharat and time is fast running out
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