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One More Legislator, MLA Vallabh Dharaviya Exists The Congress Party

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| March 11 , 2019 , 18:38 IST

MLA Vallah Dharaviya submitted his resignation during the Congress Working Committee in Gujarat to assembly speaker Rajendra Trivedi on Monday afternoon, Jamnagar ( Rural )

Speaker Trivedi confirmed and said “ Dharaviya’s is the third resignation of a Congress MLA in the past four days. “Dharaviya has resigned as Jamnagar (Rural) MLA. He told me he is resigning voluntarily.”

A little while before Dharaviya quit, his former party colleague Parsotam Sabariya, who had resigned as Dhrangadhra MLA on March 8, joined the ruling BJP in the presence of its senior leaders I K Jadeja and KC Patel.

Whereas, Sabariya told reporters “I am joining the BJP to develop my constituency. I was not under any pressure and have resigned from the Congress voluntarily. As far as the FIR is concerned, the law will take its own course. The BJP has to do nothing about it. I am not joining BJP to get any post or for other benefits.”

The Congress lost another MLA when Bhagvan Barad was disqualified from the membership of the House on March 5 following his conviction and two-year jail sentence in an illegal mining case.

In July last year, senior Congress MLA Kunvarji Bavalia had resigned as a legislator and was later made a cabinet minister in the state government. He then won the by-poll on a BJP ticket.

Last month, the first-time MLA from Unjha seat in Mehsana, Asha Patel, had resigned from the House and the Congress and joined the ruling BJP.

The BJP now has 100 MLAs in the 182-member House while the Congress has 71 MLAs.