Ahmed Patel confident of victory ahead of Gujarat RS Polls

Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India] August 7 (ANI): Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who is contesting for a Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat, on Monday said that he trusts his party MLAs commitment, adding he will definitely win the elections by defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


“I trust my MLAs completely. Our MLAs are very committed as they did not leave even their homes on the occasion of Rakshabandhan, although we were keen to make every possible arrangement. They are not ready to go anywhere because they want to cast their votes first. I am going to win and BJP’s one candidate will lose,” Patel told media here.


He added that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has also announced its support towards him.


“The BJP not only wants a Congress free India, but they want to remove the SC and ST reservations and wants a minority free House,” Patel said.


Meanwhile, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday said that it will support Congress in the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat.


Speaking to ANI, NCP leader Majeed Memon said their party president Sharad Pawar has made it extremely loud and clear that they are going to support Congress candidate Ahmed Patel, who is contesting for a Rajya Sabha seat.


However, earlier in the day, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed confidence that the BJP will win all three seats and Congress’ Ahmed Patel will lose in the upcoming Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections.


“The BJP will win three seats and Ahmed Patel will definitely lose,” he told the media here.


He further said that at a time when people are dying due to floods, the Congress MLAs are hiding in resort.


At least 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs were camping at a resort in Bengaluru since July 29 to prevent their possible poaching by the ruling BJP ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections.


“People are dying in flood and MLAs are enjoying in resort. Their (Congress) MLAs are not under their control. They don’t trust them,” he added.


All the Gujarat Congress MLAs returned back to the state earlier in the day.


All the MLAs were holed in to Bengaluru’s Eagleton Resort, after six of the Gujarat Congress MLAs quit the party and joined the BJP.


As soon as the MLAs landed at the state capital they were taken to the Neejanand Resort in Gujarat’s Anand district, located 77 km from Ahmedabad.


The Gujarat Rajya Sabha election is slated to be held tomorrow for three seats.


The BJP has fielded party president Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput against Congress’ Ahmed Patel. (ANI)

Congress takes dig at Modi, say NaMo is ‘No agriculture Mal-governance’

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], August 6 (ANI): The Congress on Sunday lambasted the Narendra Modi led- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, describing sobriquet NaMo as “No Agriculture Mal-governance Only”.


Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Sunday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing the BJP-led central government of indulging in vendetta politics. He also said that the current political scenario in the country doesn’t go with the idea of a democracy.


Speaking in a press conference in Lucknow, he said, “The Chief Minister has done a terrible job with respect ro the situation of the farmers. The number of farmer suicides has increased ever since his government came into place.”


Making a cheeky dig on the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, he said that the government has done an ‘excellent’ job at increasing the rate of the onions, describing it as a ‘Get Rich Quicker’ scheme for the government.


Commenting on the CBI raids against Opposition leaders, Singhvi said, “CBI is conducting raids at houses of members of Opposition. Why was it sleeping during Vyapam investigation?” He also challenged the CBI to take up the Vyapam Scam and investigate into the matter.


He pointed out the names of a number of leaders like the Chief Minister of Chattisgarh Raman Singh and his son, Abhishek Singh, as members of BJP who have been previously accused of corruption.


Earlier this week, the Income Tax department had carried out searches at 64 locations and properties linked to Karnataka Energy Minister D K Shivakumar, who was overseeing the stay of 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat at a resort near Bengaluru, in connection with a case of alleged tax evasion. Similar searches were also conducted against other Opposition leaders in Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Bihar. (ANI)

B’luru: Congress Gujarat MLAs to fly back tomorrow

New Delhi [India], Aug. 6 (ANI): At least 44 Congress Gujarat MLAs, who were staying in Bengaluru’s Eagleton Resort to ensure they don’t succumb to police and political pressure to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will return back to Gujarat on Monday.


In the backdrop of Gujarat Congress MLAs quitting and joining the BJP, as many as 44 of the grand old party MLAs left for Bengaluru.


Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar earlier said, “To ensure that BJP is not successful in its mission, 44 of us Congress MLAs are leaving from Gujarat for Bengaluru. To hide their failure, the saffron party is trying to make sure our MLAs resign by offering money and through police pressure.”


Earlier, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had accused the BJP in the state of horse-trading ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for August 8.


The developments came after at least six Congress MLAs in Gujarat resigned from the party to join the BJP. (ANI)