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After Gujarat MLA defection, Congress faces similar risk in Meghalaya

July 31, 2017

1501473795-gandhi-CongressThe Congress party, which has been going through a phase of extreme turbulence over the past few days after six of its MLAs in Gujarat resigned and three of them joined the BJP, faces further risk of losing legislators in Meghalaya as a few of them are scheduled to meet with Amit Shah during his visit.

It has been learnt that more than seven legislators from ruling alliance in Meghalaya have sought an audience with BJP’s national president Amit Shah during his visit next month.

While the BJP has termed the meet as a “courtesy call”, the development has already pushed the Congress party on the back foot before elections in 2018.

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, BJP state President Shibun Lyngdoh confirmed that at least seven legislators from the grand old party, United Democratic Party and National Peoples Party have approached him for an “audience” with the national party president of the BJP, Amit Shah.

After confirming the development, Lyngdoh added that it is very early to take a call on whether these MLAs would join the BJP. “They just want to meet the party president,” he said.

As of now, the BJP does not have any representative in the current 60-member Meghalaya Assembly.

Just a few days ago, Congress had to fly its Gujarat MLAs to Bengaluru, fearing further defection of party members to the BJP. At least six legislators resigned and three moved to the BJP, following which the Congress blamed the BJP of “bribing” its party men to persuade them.

Senior party members confirmed that the party was forced to fly the legislators to Bengaluru’s Eagleton Hotel to avoid further defection.

Senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil openly accused the BJP of trying to “break the party” days before the Rajya Sabha polls as per various reports.

“Our legislators have not come here to enjoy. We brought them here to save democracy as they were being poached by BJP, using money and muscle power,” he said.

However, the BJP senior leadership has clearly denied bribery charges. The strength of Congress in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly has been reduced from 57 to 51, which further complicates its mission in the state ahead of the elections.

Gohil claimed that Congress has 60 legislators with it and ruled out BJP winning the third Rajya Sabha seat, polls for which are scheduled on August 8 in Gujarat.

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