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Ahmed Patel can't win RS polls as 20 MLAs will quit Cong: Raghavjee Patel

Ahmed Patel has been fielded by the Congress for the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Congress supporters, anti-BJP slogan, airport, Gujarat
Congress supporters shouting anti-BJP slogan at Ahmedabad airport.

Amid the exit of six MLAs ahead of polls, a senior party legislator Friday said will find it difficult to win the elections as more opposition lawmakers are likely to resign in the days to come. Raghavjee Patel, considered close to former party strongman Shankersinh Vaghela, indicated he would also resign and join the has been fielded by the for the August 8 polls. "The state party leadership, along with high command, is responsible for whatever is happening right now. In the coming days, around 20 MLAs would sever ties with the party. Thus, it will be impossible for to win the polls," Raghavjee told media persons. "When I Ahmed bhai recently, I cautioned him about this situation and urged him not to contest polls, as I already saw this coming.

I firmly believe the cannot win the seat from Gujarat," said the from Jamnagar (Rural) seat. "Since there are only two main parties in Gujarat, the is the only option for me if I leave the I have already had a word with president Amit Shah and state president Jitubhai Vaghani and conveyed my wish to join the party," said Raghavjee. Another from Jamnagar, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, also indicated he would leave the party. "A large number of workers are unhappy with the way the party is functioning. Though I and Raghavjee had made numerous representations about it in the past, the party high command has not given any satisfactory answer. I will take appropriate decision in coming days," said the from Jamnagar (North) seat. During last two days, six MLAs have tendered their resignation. Three of them, including Balwantsinh Rajput, joined the yesterday. Rajput is now pitted against In the 182-member Assembly, the strength of has gone down to 51. Of the total 11 RS members from the state, the term of three of them -- Smriti Irani and Dilipbhai Pandya (both BJP) and -- is ending on August 18.

First Published: Sat, July 29 2017. 17:58 IST