The Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Friday morning filed his nomination for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat along with the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.
The Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Friday morning filed his nomination for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat along with the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani. The nomination was filed after the Parliamentary board of BJP on Wednesday had announced that the party chief Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani will contest for Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat. Amit Shah who is currently an MLA from Gujarat’s Naranpura constituency will be contesting for the Parliament for the first time. Meanwhile, Congress is heading towards a crisis situation as six of its members have quit the party to join the BJP, which is likely to hit the Congress intent to get its senior leader Ahmed Patel elected to the Upper House. The election is slated to be held on August 8.
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10 50 PM: He added, to ensure BJP is not successful, 44 of us Congress MLAs are leaving from Gujarat for Bengaluru: Shailesh Parmar,Cong MLA
10:45 PM: As per ANI, Congress Gujarat MLA Shailesh Parmar said, to hide their failure, BJP is trying to make sure our MLAs resign by offering money&through police pressure.
10:35 PM: Meanwhile, Congress Gujarat MLA Shailesh Parmar said,”To hide their failure, BJP is trying to make sure our MLAs resign by offering money&through police pressure,” as per ANI report.
10:25 PM: He added,”A senior leader like Shankersinh Vaghela, former chief minister and the leader of opposition, has left the Congress. Three-time MLA and its chief whip Balwantsinh Rajput has left it too. Eminent doctor and its whip Tejashreeben Patel has left it. Does the Congress want to suggest that it has given important positions to such leaders who could be purchased?”
10:15 PM: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The entire allegations of the Congress that the BJP is doing horse-trading in Gujarat is not only false and laughable but shows its utter desperation.
9:55 PM: Meanwhile, the BJP on Friday said the decision of senior Gujarat Congress leaders to quit the party shows that it is a “sinking ship” as its chief Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul are unable to hold the crumbling organisation.
9:40 PM: The house was resumed at 2.30 PM after four adjournments in the pre-lunch sessions. As per PTI, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had demanded an apology to Gujarat from the Opposition for tarnishing the state’s image.
9:30 PM: Furthermore, the proceedings of Rajya Sabha was stopped on Thursday. The Congress members indulged in vociferous sloganeering through the day to protest the alleged abduction of their MLA by policemen in Gujarat and their BJP MPs charging them with defaming the state.
9:10 PM: As per PTI, in the 182-member Assembly, the strength of Congress has gone down to 51 after the resignation of six MLAs.
9:00 PM: While Amit Shah and Smriti Irani have been fielded by the BJP, the Congress has again fielded Ahmed Patel, the political secretary of Sonia Gandhi, for the third seat and the defections may have a bearing on the election for this seat.
8:40 PM: He added, those leaving Congress to know they aren’t getting due respect in the party, it’s a sinking ship.
8:30 PM: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on allegations of horse trading in Gujarat said that Congress party’s allegations are false & are born out of utter desperation.
8:20 PM: He said,”Crores of rupees have been spent in horse-trading in Gujarat by the BJP. You have seen this naked drama…. The policy of the BJP in Gujarat is – by hook or by crook, come to power by breaking all laws,”
8:10 PM: Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi accused BJP of horse-trading in Gujarat and using “money, muscle and state power” to engineer defections ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha polls, reported PTI.
8:00 PM: Naqvi said,”This morning during the Zero Hour and Question Hour, Leader of the Opposition (Ghulam Nabi Azad) and Anand Sharma had made objectionable statements to defame Gujarat. They said Gujarat which was earlier a safe haven for state encounters has witnessed the kidnapping of an MLA for stealing of votes. The Leader of the Opposition, Chief Whip (in Gujarat) have deserted the (Congress) party, MLAs are quitting.”
7:20 PM: Rajput is pitted against senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who has been re-nominated for the August 8 Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat.
7:10 PM: Balwantsinh Rajput said,“Though I worked with dedication for the Congress over the last 35 years, I was very upset because of infighting and groupism in the party. Fingers were also raised at me over my integrity owing to my relation with Vaghela. I realized if I have to work for development, I have to leave the Congress.”
7:00 PM: Talking to media after joining the BJP, Rajput blamed the Congress leadership for his decision to exit, reported PTI.
6:50 PM: Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani on Thursday said,“I welcome all three MLAs into the BJP fold. I called Rajput and invited him to join the party upon learning that he, along with two other MLAs, has resigned. I welcome all of them into the BJP,” as per PTI.
6:40 PM: These resignations have put in question whether Congress can get its heavyweight Ahmed Patel elected to the Rajya Sabha.
6:30 PM: Furthermore, 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 18. Rajput was the Congress’ chief whip in the Assembly.
6:20 PM: Notably, the exit of these six members just months before the Gujarat elections has weakened the Congress party. The assembly elections are scheduled to be held in December and the party has come down 51 MLAs in the 182- seat assembly.
6:10 PM: Even the veteran leader Shankersinh Vaghela had left the party last week.
6:00 PM: Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora said, “I have received the resignation of five MLAs so far.”
5:50 PM: On Thursday three members including Balwantsinh Rajput (Sidhpur), Tejashree Patel (Viramgam) and Prahlad Patel (Vijapur) had quit to join the BJP.
5:40 PM: Earlier, on Friday morning, 2 MLAs had resigned which included Mansingh Chouhan and Chhanabhai Chaudhary to join the BJP.
5:30 PM: Meanwhile, six MLAs have resigned from the Congress party.
5: 20 PM: Congress MLA Abhishek Manu Singhvi as per ANI report, one Congress Gujarat MLA Punabhai Gamit has said he was offered Rs 10 crore rupees by the BJP.
05:10 PM: Earlier in the day, a few Congress members trooped into the Rajya Sabha raising slogans and charging the BJP with “stealing” MLAs to help its candidates win the Rajya Sabha polls, forcing brief adjournments one after the other.
5:00 PM: After the Congress members created an uproar in the house, it was adjourned four times in quick succession. The Congress members had alleged that the Gujarat police had abducted its MLAs in the state with a view to influence the upcoming elections to the Upper House.