Seven Congress MLAs in Gujarat, who were expelled from the party after they had voted against party candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha polls, have resigned as legislators, assembly speaker Ramanlal Vora said on Friday.

On August 9, Congress had expelled 7 MLAs for cross-voting in favour of BJP in Rajya Sabha elections on Tuesday. They had been expelled for six years from the party.

“Seven Congress MLAs submitted their resignation to me at my residence last night,” Vora said. The seven MLAs include Vaghela’s son Mahendrasinh.

Two rebel MLAs Raghavji Patel and Bholabhai Gohel, whose votes were invalidated by the Election Commission, due to which the victory of the Congress candidate was possible, have also submitted their resignation.

The others who have submitted their resignations are Amit Chaudhary, CK Raulji, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Karmasinh Patel.

All of them have rejected any chances of resigning under any sort of pressure or threat. Mahendrasinh Vaghela said that they have completed all formalities of giving resignation from the post of MLA.

He added that the seven Congress MLAs who resigned last night and three out of the six who had earlier resigned would soon join the BJP. However his father Shankarsinh Vaghela will not join the ruling party, he confirmed.

Of the six Congress MLAs who had resigned last month, ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls, three later joined the BJP. The remaining three had not taken any decision on joining BJP at that time.

The three MLAs, who joined the BJP last month, were Balwantsinh Rajput, Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel.The other three who had not joined the BJP were Ramsinh Parmar, Chhanabhai Chaudhary and Mansinh Chauhan.

The BJP pitted Rajput against Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha polls, but the former eventually lost despite cross-voting by some the Congress MLAs.

(with inputs from PTI)



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