Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar
MLAs Alpesh Thakor, Congress MLA resigned today from Gujarat Assembly. One more Congress MLA Dhavalsinh Zala also resigned. Both have given resignation from membership of assembly to assembly Speaker after cross voting in Rajya Sabha elections. Both will soon join BJP.
Alpesh who had resigned from all posts in the party just before Lok Sabha elections told the high court that he had resigned as MLA. And hence he was present for voting in the RS polls. Alpesh and Dhavalsinh were issued whip by Congress party to vote for Congress candidates in two seats Rajya Sabha by-polls that was held today. Party had pasted whip outside their residences. Alpesh and Dhavalsinh however today cast vote in favor of BJP candidates. Both arrived to cast vote but didn’t meet any Congress leader. They sat in deputy whip office and held prolong discussion before going to cast vote for Rajya Sabha by-polls. There was verbal argument with Congress agent after they cast votes in favor of BJP candidates.
Later Alpesh told media persons that he cast vote for honest national leader. He said, ‘I have cast my vote for honest national leadership that wants to take the country to new height. I cast vote as per my inner voice. I got nothing other than mental stress being in Congress. I am free from that burden.’ He said that he would contest again form his Radhanpur seat and will work for people of his constituency.
Dhavalsinh also echoed his views and said that he would contest from his Bayad seat.
Elections for two RS seats were held today. The seats fell vacant after BJP members Amit Shah and Smriti Irani were elected to Lok Sabha. BJP has fielded External Affairs minister S.Jaishankar and Jugalji Thakor (Lokhandwala).
Meanwhile, two MLAs of Chhotubhai Vasava led Bharatiya Tribal Party(BTP) and one MLA of Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have cast vote in favor of BJP candidates. NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja said he cast his vote as per party’s whip. He refused to disclose the details of party’s whip.
Meanwhile, Congress leader and lawyer Babu Mangukiya said that Alpesh will face disqualification and procedures as per schedule 10 of constitution. Congress candidate Gaurav Pandya said Alpesh gave resignation after defying whip and casting vote for BJP candidates and therefore he would face procedures.
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