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MLAs who defected to BJP should be beaten with slippers: Hardik Patel

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Congress leader Hardik Patel has said the MLAs who are defecting to the ruling party for their personal gains by cheating with the electorate should be “beaten with slippers”.

The young leader also alleged that the ruling BJP in Gujarat is resorting to horse-trading and buying Congress MLAs just before the crucial Rajya Sabha elections scheduled in the state on June 19.

Patel said the Opposition is equally important as the government in a democratic set-up and the ruling BJP is destroying the democracy by resorting to horse-trading. He said questions should be raised before the BJP for resorting to such low-level politics rather than asking the Congress.

In an interaction with a news channel, the Congress leader said the grand old party’s MLAs have quit just before the Rajya Sabha elections for money and power, and due to the arm-twisting politics of the BJP.

“It is not just about the resignation of MLAs, but it is about the voters as well who have voted them to power. Now, they are left without any representative and the defection for personal gains amounts to cheating with the voters,” he said.

Patel also went on to say that if MLAs are defecting for their personal gains and cheating with the voters, then they should be beaten up with slippers. He said people elect the MLAs for five years, but these MLAs change sides for personal gains.

Notably, the Gujarat Congress has failed miserably in keeping its flock together before the Rajya Sabha elections for four seats scheduled on June 19. Three MLAs—Brihjesh Merja, Akshay Patel, and Jitu Chaudhary—had tendered their resignations from the Gujarat Legislative Assembly last week. Eight Congress MLAs had quit their membership of the Legislative Assembly as well as the membership of the party since March.

Of the four Rajya Sabha seats from the state set to go for polls on June 19, three are currently held by the BJP and one by the Congress.

To safeguard numbers ahead of RS polls, Congress moves its MLAs to several resorts