Crisis deepens for Congress in Gujarat, sixth MLA quits

This is a jolt for the Congress that has been facing trouble within the party evident in the cross-voting in the presidential election which took place on July 17, and later the exit of its veteran leader Shankersinh Vaghela last week.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 5:34 pm
Gujarat Congress MLAs, Congress MLAs resign, Congress MLAs quit, Gujarat Congress, Smriti irani, rajya sabha, india news, indian express news Gujarat Congress MLA Ramsinh Parmar submitted his resignation to Assembly Speaker. (Source: ANI photo)

In a major setback in two consecutive days, three more Congress MLAs from Gujarat submitted their resignations to the Assembly Speaker. Congress MLAs Ramsinh Parmar, Mansingh Chouhan and Chhanabhai Chaudhary resigned on Friday, a day after three MLAs — Balwantsinh Rajput (Sidhpur), Tejashree Patel (Viramgam) and Prahlad Patel (Vijapur) — quit the party to join the BJP.

“I have received the resignation of five MLAs so far,” said Speaker of Gujarat Assembly Ramanlal Vora.

This is a jolt for the Congress that has been facing trouble within the party evident in the cross-voting in the presidential election which took place on July 17, and later the exit of its veteran leader Shankersinh Vaghela last week. In the presidential election, the Congress found that eight of its Gujarat MLAs had voted in favour of NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind. Meira Kumar could garner the votes of only 49 legislators, against the party’s then strength of 57 in the Assembly.

One of the three MLAs, Balwantsinh Rajput, who joined BJP yesterday, was immediately announced as BJP’s third candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for August 8. Rajput was the Congress’ chief whip in the Assembly.

The exit of the six MLAs, which comes just months ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections due in December, has reduced the Congress’s tally to 52 in the 182-seat assembly.While each Rajya Sabha candidate needs 45 votes to win, there is speculation that some disgruntled Congress MLAs may cross-vote in favour of Rajput. He will also get the BJP’s spare votes — the party has 120 MLAs.

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    dv1936
    Jul 28, 2017 at 7:31 pm
    Today Congress is a party without any objective other than anti Hinduism. All that is happening is keeping dynasty control at top. The bankruptcy of ideology is leading it to its demise.
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      Murthy
      Jul 28, 2017 at 10:12 pm
      Indians should scrutinise the Congress Party to know its perversity, dim wit, and lack of scruples. The Mahatma knew that some Congress Leaders loved POWER for its own sake. That is why he wanted the party turn itself into a Social Service Organisation.
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        Jul 28, 2017 at 10:15 pm
        You said "anti Hindusim"! You should have said that Congress is sponsor of Muslim terrorism and first began their Hindu cleansing in Kashmir!
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        jay desouza
        Jul 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm
        Pappu is taking Con artists party to the dustbin of history. Keep it up Pappu.
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        1. Ml Pandit
          Jul 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm
          Shri Rahul Ji is fully aware of this development as indicated by him while reacting to Mr.Nitish Kumar joining hands with BJP. He knew this patch up was shaping for three four months but did not act to counter it. As he believes the problem is lack of credibility across political spectrum and would not be surprised if MLAs/MPs desert his party. Be prepared for many big surprises. Political dynasties losing hold appear to be the only silver lining for the Indian democracy!
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            vvvvv
            Jul 28, 2017 at 6:32 pm
            Real Pappus and fakkus are Modi and Amit Shah wait and wach... Jai Hind
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              Junu
              Jul 28, 2017 at 6:46 pm
              Were you blind when congress party played the same tricks? It's okay because your dutches is Saint. Used to it because there will be more to follow. For the first time Hindustanis are really free . Lage raho you chamchas with fake news.
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              vvvvv
              Jul 28, 2017 at 6:26 pm
              Good that all kachra and corrupts going in BJP Basket now Congress becoming real true party of India. Chances of Congress is more these time than before.Specially after kiking out the Monster Vagela . .. Jai Hind
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