44 Gujarat Congress MLAs meet Karnataka Governor, claim they are ‘living like a family’

The Congress in Gujarat had flown MLAs to Karnataka for fear of them abandoning the party and joining the BJP ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:August 5, 2017 1:51 pm
The legislators came to the Raj Bhavan in a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) luxury bus under tight police security. (Photo: ANI)

The 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat, who are holed up in a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru, visited the Raj Bhavan to meet Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala on Saturday.

“Vajubhai has been a member of Gujarat assembly. He knows everyone. All 44 MLAs met him individually,” Shaktisinh Gohil, a Congress leader and one of the MLAs, told ANI.

“We want to go back as soon as possible. Nothing has been planned yet. A meeting scheduled for tomorrow,” added Gohil, while addressing the media after the meeting with the Karnataka Governor.

Accusing the BJP of trying to buy out his party MLAs, Gohil said, “Ask these MLAs the way they are threatened, they chose to stand by the party even when offered Rs 15 crore…We have the required numbers. There is no need for us to stay here (in Bengaluru) for even a minute if they say they won’t threaten us,” he said.

“I am here since last night with my colleagues. We are living like a family. You (BJP) are talking about the internal problem? Just see how we respect each other. There is no internal problem or bickerings between us,” the Congress MLA said.

The legislators came to the Raj Bhavan in a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) luxury bus under tight police security, reported The Hindu.

The Congress in Gujarat had flown MLAs to Karnataka for fear of them abandoning the party and joining the BJP ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls. After veteran Shakarsingh Vaghela quit the party,  at least six Congress MLAs resigned from the party with three out of them joining the BJP. One of the Congress turncoats is now a candidate of the BJP for the third Rajya Sabha seat.

Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP leader Vijay Rupani had criticised the Congress for being an unstable party. “They have taken their MLAs to Bangalore as they do not have faith in their MLAs,” Rupani had said.

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    Arun Kumar
    Aug 5, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    BJP has got one great liar as PM who failed to bring black money from foreign countries, give Rs 15 lacs to the accounts of every Indian, give jobs of crores of youth every year, give 150 of costs as MSP for agri produce, keep prices under control, etc. BJP is playing all types of games for their govt formation whether they have won election or not. They have full of pride and have forgotten how they have to reconcile with just 2 seats in loksabha. This is the reason to protect their members from further poaching Congress MLAs are in Bengaluru. This is their strategy of opposition mukt bharat running on Hindutwa lines.
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      pradip
      Aug 5, 2017 at 5:05 pm
      There was no need on the part of congress MLAs to meet and explain anything to Karnataka Governor, who is like other agent of Modi government. Governor has no business to ask any question or to know anything in this matter, as they had not taken shelter in his house or karnataka assembly premises or any karnataka government's premises. Rather he should dare to ask Rupani and Gujarat BJP the situation why such things are happening??????????????
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        srinivasan
        Aug 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm
        How many days remaining as a MLA?
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          Dilip
          Aug 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm
          What a funny family.. How many are acting as male and how many as female? Who r d babies in family? Or all are gay?
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            Ml Pandit
            Aug 5, 2017 at 3:38 pm
            Not a like a family but a happy and secure family far away from flooded homeland worries/dangers and cons uents?
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              Damodar Biswal
              Aug 5, 2017 at 3:35 pm
              It is unfortunate that lawmakers of Gujarat claim that they r living like a family in KTK,forgetting the misery of the flood affected people of their own cons uencies.
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                samir
                Aug 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm
                Why bjp goonda are threw stones at Rahulji? It is obvious the ground is slipping from under bjp feet. There are no jobs for young ppl ...that's why so many gaurakshsks criminals in streets. prices of daily essential items very high...tomoto ..onions ..and other. Internal situation getting worse..kashmir...gor nd...naxals Sons of soil ...SC ST backword..tribals cuted by fascist forces and Ambani. adani enjoying privileges. China is threatening India every day and bjp government now talking about diplomacy...peace talks etc. This is another defeat of India after 1962 and China need not to fire a shot. what a joke bjp rss has become! Now ppl are getting away from the bjp every passing day and Congress the - Natural party of governance will have to come to power. There is no other option.
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                  Damodar Biswal
                  Aug 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm
                  Rahuljee has been provided with huge security.How could someone attack him?If he has been attacked despite the company of security what about the common man?People of Gujarat threw stones at him because Rahul did not stop transfer of Gujarat congress MLAs to KTK during unprecedented flood.
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                    Dilip
                    Aug 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm
                    Hello bro, All this problem arises in last 3 year? When u accept pappu as ur leader, it shows dat u have no brain and u r genetically modified slave . Grow up man.
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                    Parth Garg
                    Aug 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm
                    Thus the BJP bluff has been called.
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                      manu
                      Aug 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm
                      yoiu dnt know what you are writing..if they are family..they y they visited and hide from gujrat ?
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