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Sonia’s right hand , Ahmed Patel is unsure of retaining Rajya Sabha seat

Picture Credit : The Indian Express
Picture Credit : The Indian Express

The Congress suffered yet another setback in Gujarat on Friday when three more party MLAs resigned from the Assembly, taking the total number of legislators who have quit to six, ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls.

According to News 18 news report, The desertion of MLAs from the Congress Legislature Party is worrying for the party which has fielded its senior leader Ahmed Patel for the Upper House election, slated on August 8.

The latest to leave is Thasra MLA Ramsinh Parmar, who is also the Chairman of Amul.

Mansinh Chauhan, MLA from Balasinor, handed his resignation to Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora on Friday morning. Chhanabhai Chaudhary, the party legislator from Vansda, gave his resignation to the Speaker at the latter’s residence on Thursday night.

With this the Congress’s tally has reduced to 51 in the 182-seat Assembly.

The Congress is already rattled in the state, where the Assembly elections are due later this year, with veteran leader Shankarsinh Vaghela breaking ranks with the party last week.

Earlier, Balwantsinh Rajput, the party’s chief whip in the Assembly, Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel quit the party and straightaway joined the ruling BJP.

After resigning from the House and also all party posts, they had driven to the BJP office in Gandhinagar and joined the saffron party in the presence of its president Amit Shah. Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani are the other two BJP candidates for the August 8 RS elections.

Of the total 11 Rajya Sabha members from the state, the term of three —Irani and Dilipbhai Pandya (both BJP) and Ahmed Patel — is ending on August 18.

The Congress has re-nominated Ahmed Patel, political secretary to party president Sonia Gandhi. The 67-year-old Congressman filed his nomination papers on Wednesday.

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