Earlier, on Friday morning, 2 MLAs had resigned which included Mansingh Chouhan and Chhanabhai Chaudhary to join the BJP. Later in the day, it was Ramsinh Parmar who announced his resignation.
In a major setback to the Congress party in Gujarat, 3 more MLAs have quit on Friday, bringing the total to 6 – 3 others had quit on Thursday. Earlier, on Friday morning, 2 MLAs had resigned which included Mansingh Chouhan and Chhanabhai Chaudhary to join the BJP. Later in the day it was Ramsinh Parmar who announced his resignation. On Thursday three members including Balwantsinh Rajput (Sidhpur), Tejashree Patel (Viramgam) and Prahlad Patel (Vijapur) had quit to join the BJP. As per the report, Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora said, “I have received the resignation of five MLAs so far.” This has come as a big shock for the Congress party which has been facing trouble within the party evident in the cross-voting in the presidential election which took place on July 17. Even the veteran leader Shankersinh Vaghela had left the party last week.
Earlier, during the presidential election, the party has found that its eight Gujarat MLAs voted for NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind over Meira Kumar. This resulted in the latter only managing to secure 49 legislators’ votes. 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.
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.
These resignations have put in question whether Congress can get its heavyweight Ahmed Patel elected to the Rajya Sabha. While each Rajya Sabha candidate needs 47 votes to win, there is speculation that some disgruntled Congress MLAs may even cross-vote.