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Amid BJP poaching fears, 44 Gujarat Cong MLAs lodged at Bengaluru resort

Arjun Modhvadia said, 'What they did in Goa, Manipur, Bihar, they're trying to do in Gujarat'

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

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Forty-four MLAs from have been lodged at a private resort near here after they landed from on Saturday morning, a party official said.

"All our MLAs have been put up at the Eagleton Golf Resort in Bidadi on the Mysuru road after they flew into the city in two batches from via Mumbai," the party's state unit's official told IANS on anonymity.

The resort is located in the Rural Lok Sabha constituency, represented by lawmaker D K Suresh, younger brother of Karnataka Power Minister D K Shivakumar.

"Our party's high command in Delhi directed us on Friday night to look after them during their stay in the state," the official said.

The lawmakers were shifted, ostensibly to prevent its rival (BJP) from poaching them ahead of the Rajya Sabha poll in on August 8 in which its senior leader Ahmed Patel is contesting for a fifth term.

"We don't have details on their programme and how long they will stay here. We have been told to take care of them," added the official.

Jolted by the exit of six of its lawmakers since Thursday, the party decided to shift 44 of its remaining 51 MLAs in the 182-set Assembly to the city and prevent them from defecting to the BJP, the ruling party in the western state.

"What they did in Goa, Manipur and in Bihar, they are trying to do the same in Our legislators are being threatened or offered money. People like an IPS officer who was behind bars for 8-9 years in a fake encounter case are being used to kidnap our MLAs, offer money or threaten our legislators. There is insecurity and environment of terror. So our legislators are being moved to safety," Arjun Modhvadia, senior leader, told reporters at airport before leaving on Friday night.

Patel, political secretary to party President filed his nomination in on July 26.

He needs 47 preference voters in the first round for re-election.

First Published: Mon, July 31 2017. 11:40 IST
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