Gujarat Congress MLAs Return From Bengaluru, Camped Away In Another Resort

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| August 7 , 2017 , 16:03 IST

Returning from their hideout in Bengaluru on Monday, the Congress MLAs from Gujarat have now headed to another resort in Anand District, told a party leader.

Congress whip and senior leader Sailesh Parmar said, "All our MLAs have returned and they have been taken to a resort in Anand."

The Congress leaders from Gujarat were camping in Bengaluru, as the party leadership decided to send them into hiding to avoid poaching from BJP ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled for Tuesday.

"All our MLAs have decided not to go to their home even on this day of 'Rakshabandhan' and be loyal soldiers of the Congress party. They will stay together and they will go to vote for the Rajya Sabha polls tomorrow (to Gandhinagar) from Anand," Parmar said.

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The MLAs were taken from the airport directly to Nijanand resort on the outskirts of Anand town.

"Ahmed Patel and state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki will come to Anand to meet them," he said adding they have not taken police security at the resort.

Election to three Rajya Sabha seats will be held on Tuesday, in which Patel is pitched against BJP candidates including party chief Amit Shah, union minister Smriti Irani and former Congress party chief whip Balwantsinh Rajput who recently joined BJP.

A pitched battle is on between the two parties to win Rajya Sabha elections after senior Gujarat Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela quit the party.

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In a jolt to the Congress, six of its MLAs quit the party on July 27 and July 28. In the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, the strength of the Congress has gone down to 51 from 57.

Subsequently, the rattled Congress tucked away 44 of its MLAs to a Bengaluru resort to insulate them from alleged "poaching" attempts by the BJP.