The Gujarat Congress on Monday shifted all its MLAs to a resort at Abu Road in Sirohi district in Rajasthan to prevent them from being poached ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in the state. Elections for four Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat are scheduled on June 19.
In March five MLAs had resigned from the party and last week three more MLAs quit the party bringing down its strength to 65 in the 182-member assembly. Earlier the party had shifted some of its MLAs from different regions to different resorts in Gujarat and Rajasthan.
A news agency quoted a source as saying that the party had decided to move all the MLAs at one place, to the resort at Sirohi where they will stay until before the Rajya Sabha elections on June 19.
Before the resignation of its MLAs, Congress was in a position to win the two seats for which it had declared its candidates. But now it seems difficult. The Congress’ candidates included Bharatsinh Solanki and Shaktisinh Gohil.
The BJP has 103 MLAs, the Bharatiya Tribal Party has two MLAs, NCP has one and an Independent legislator, Jignesh Mevani makes up the 182 member assembly. At present, the strength is 172 as 10 seats are currently vacant – two due to court cases and the rest because of resignations.