A section of the BJP observed a bandh in Una town of Gir Somnath Thursday following rumours that a popular leader would be passed over. From the Congress, two state general secretaries have joined the BJP, one of them complaining of “outsiders”.
Vasava, who is the lone JD(U) MLA and part of the Sharad Yadav-faction of the party, said that though he will not attend Rahul’s event as he has not been invited yet, his party workers will take part in the Congress leader’s rallies and roadshows.
The projects envisages transfer of surplus water of rivers in Maharashtra and south Gujarat to feed the command area of the Miyagam branch of Narmada canal. It will save water in Narmada dam, which will be taken to Saurashtra and Kutch.
“After I voted for Ahmedbhai in the Rajya Sabha elections, the Congress has now realised who is its real friend and I am sure they would listen to me,” Vasana said. He said Sharad Yadav would talk to Congress leaders about forming a mega alliance.
Moreover, five Congress members from Jamnagar taluka panchayat and four from Jodiya panchayat also defected to BJP, reducing the strength of the ruling party in these two talukas to 12 and eight, respectively.
The JD(U) vote proved crucial for Patel after Karamsi Patel voted for the BJP, as Modwadia confirmed today. Karamsi Patel was one of the 44 Congress MLAs the party had flown out and put up at a resort in Bengaluru, followed by one in Anand, Gujarat, a day before polling to avoid “poaching” by BJP.
Rajya Sabha polls: In Ahmedabad, the BJP said it was confident of winning all three seats in Gujarat. Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said all members of the party were in the state to support its three candidates.
The Congress is claiming to have the support of the requisite 45 MLAs needed to send Ahmed Patel to the Rajya Sabha. "We have the numbers. BJP don't have the numbers, " Gujarat Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said while in Bengaluru.
As many as 39 out of a total of 141 engineering colleges across the state, especially those in remote areas, are such where over 75 per cent seats are lying vacant after the first round of admissions, which got over on Wednesday.
According to figures available with Narmada, Water Resources and Water Supply (NWRWS) Department, the average water level in most of the dams in the state stood at 32 per cent of their total storage capacity by Thursday morning.
The Wednesday’s meeting also came in the backdrop of Congress promising poll tickets to all its 57 MLAs in the state — a move, according to sources, was to preempt any damage to the party in case Vaghela returns to BJP.