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Congress alleges Gujarat MLAs left in lieu of money

Ahead of bypolls in Gujarat which is necessitated by the resignation of Congress MLAs in the state, the party has levelled allegation that these MLAs were bought by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Congress alleges Gujarat MLAs left in lieu of money
Abhishek Manu Singhvi

New Delhi

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said,"A case should be registered under Prevention of Corruption Act and other relevant sections of the IPC. A Supreme Court sitting judge or at least a sitting Chief Justice of a High Court must conduct an enquiry into this scam."

Singhvi said Akshay Patel and Kankaria had admitted on tape that they received money and even BJP ticket in the upcoming bypolls in Gujarat. Five of the eight MLAs who resigned have been given tickets for the forthcoming bypolls.

Eight Assembly seats will go to the polls in Gujarat on November 3, while the counting of votes will take place on November 10.

Apart from Kiritsinh Rana, the BJP has fielded five Congress turncoats who joined the BJP as its candidates -- Pradyumansinh Jadeja from Abdasa, Brijesh Merja from Morbi, JV Kakadiya from Dhari, Jeetu Chaudhary from Kaprada and Akshay Patel from Karjan.

The saffron party has also fielded former state minister and ex-Deputy Speaker Atmaram Parmar from the Gadhada (SC) seat and former legislator Vijay Patel from the Dangs assembly seat.

Besides Khachar, the Congress has fielded Babu Vadthaa from Kaprada, Suryakant Gamit from Dangs, Shantilal Sanghani from Abdasa, Jayantibhai Patel from Morbi, Suresh Kotadiya from Dhari, Mohanbhai Solanki from Gadhada and Kiritsinh Jadeja from  Karjan as its candidates.

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