I cautioned Congress about the possible crisis: Vaghela

Marco Green
August 7, 2017

"Therefore, I do not want to reveal whom I will vote for", Vaghela told reporters. He said: "Looking at Congress' current situation, I don't see any scope for the party in the next Assembly elections".

The political secretary of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also accused the ruling BJP of "intimidating and torturing" Congress MLAs and their families to "trigger more defections", which forced his party to shift 44 legislators to Bengaluru.

"BJP, by adopting cheap methods, is conspiring to turn minority votes into majority in Gujarat", the Congress said.

Contesting against him is BJP president Amit Shah who is contesting for a Rajya Sabha seat for the first time, Union minister and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Smriti Irani and former Congress MLA Balwantsinh Rajput, who had joined the saffron party a week ago.

"There is no question of any offer (from the BJP)".

Ahmed Patel, who met Congress MLAs after they returned from their Bengaluru sojourn, said he was confident of his victory. "I have no personal interests to negotiate with the BJP", he said while replying to a query.

It is after a gap of about two decades that a contest is happening in Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, where official nominees of major parties used to get elected unopposed, after the BJP fielded a Congress rebel against Patel, who is seeking a fifth term. "The MLAs should have the moral strength to face the BJP, to say that we are with the party, do not touch us", he added. I have full faith in my MLAs. The Congress abandoned its voters during the heavy rains and floods. "Though we are a small party with only two MLAs, we have suddenly become important and people are now searching for these two legislators", he told reporters in Anand.

Karnataka Minister D.K. Shivakumar was at the airport when the Congress legislatorstook a budget carrier after a week-long stay at a private resort near here.

On the Election Commission's decision to include the "NOTA" option in the Rajya Sabha polls, he said, "NOTA is a joke". They are expected to meet Ahmed Patel, the party's candidate in the poll, in the evening. If you have no one to vote for, why should you go to the booth in the first place. "14 of their MLAs have either left the party or have made up their mind not to vote for the Congress candidate", he said. They were taken to Karnataka after six party MLAs resigned from the party in July with some of them joining the BJP.

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