A money-strapped Congress, the fundamental Opposition in Gujarat, is facing fundamental attrition earlier than assembly elections scheduled later this 300 and sixty five days. As many as six MLAs from Saurashtra might maybe maybe well jump ship presently, while about a others might maybe maybe well practice suit sooner or later.
A frail Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President instructed ET that these MLAs had sought excessive monetary aid for the election. “Congress currently is no longer within the form to meet their depend on of and now they are do to quit the event,” he acknowledged.
Sources acknowledged that Bhavesh Katara, Chirag Kalgaria, Lalit Vasoya, Sanjay Solanki, Mahesh Patel and Harshad Ribadia have already met BJP Explain President CR Patil and tend to enroll in BJP presently. Four out of the six being Patidar, the desertion will dent Congress a glorious deal.
Lalit Vasoya, a frail shut aide of Hardik Patel, modified into once thrown into limelight by the Patidar agitation and had been considered one of the most most vocal and aggressive legislators of the Congress and enjoys grassroots crimson meat up across Saurashtra.
Senior Congress leaders, on the situation of anonymity, acknowledged that a funds crunch is hitting the event laborious at assorted ranges. “In some unspecified time in the future of better than 50,000 polling cubicles, if we build up one agent every on the polling day with Rs 5,000 every to support an demand over the election assignment, many of them will glimpse the other device for Rs 10,000 they’ll net from our opponents,” acknowledged any other senior leader on situation of anonymity. “We merely scheme no longer have the money to make certain this would no longer happen,” he added.
Within the intervening time, AICC Gujarat in-price Ashok Gehlot is visiting the disclose on Tuesday. Gehlot will meet the South and Saurashtra Zone leaders of the event at Surat and Rajkot, respectively, on Tuesday and support conferences with the leaders from Central and North Zone at Vadodara and Ahmedabad on Wednesday.