Ahmedabad: As BJP chief Amit Shah filed his nomination on Friday morning for Rajya Sabha elections, the Gujarat Congress continues to bleed with two more legislators quitting the party. The tally since Thursday is five.
Three had quit on Thursday, promptly joining the BJP in what is seen as political vengeance designed by veteran politician Shankersinh Vaghela, who exited the party last week.
The two legislators who have quit today are Mansinh Chauhan, who was a minister when Mr Vaghela was Chief Minister of Gujarat and Sanabhai Chaudhary.
Vaghela’s close relative Balwantsinh Rajput, who was the Congress’ Chief Whip in the assembly till on Thursday, will also file papers on Friday to contest the Rajya Sabha elections.
He is being fielded by the BJP in an attempt to prevent Ahmed Patel, political advisor to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, from getting re-elected to the Upper House of Parliament.