Hold your horses, do not blame us: says Gujarat BJP leader to Congress
“ How can Congress expect the BJP to stop their leaders from leaving their own party. The BJP has nothing to do with that”, Pradipsinh Vaghela
With more Congress leaders expecting to quit the party in order to join the Saffron party in Gujarat, the BJP leader Pradipsinh Vaghela has asserted that it is not the job of his party to stop Congress leaders from quitting the party.
“ How can Congress expect the BJP to stop their leaders from leaving their own party. The BJP has nothing to do with that”, he said.
Refuting the allegations of the Congress leaders that the BJP has been making efforts to hijack the Congress MLAs ahead of the polls, he said that the allegations are baseless.
"I believe it is the responsibility of a political party and its leadership to hold on to its workers, provide them timely guidance and make good use of their strength. It is Congress' misfortune that it has failed to hold on to its workers, MLAs," said Vaghela.
Stating that in the past also leaders and MLAs of opposition parties have quit their parties and joined the BJP, he made it clear that Congress has to do its job properly and not blame the BJP.
He however stated that the BJP has no place presently for the Congress MLAs." Congress should try to stop leaders who are noted personalities in society”, he said.
It may be noted that the Congress leader Sanyam Lodha, who is also the adviser to Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, has alleged the BJP of trying to lure the Congress MLAs in order to grab them before the next Gujarat assembly polls. "I have warned the Congress. I have inputs about it and that is why I have informed the party. I informed Raghu Sharma 20 days ago. There was no movement from his side so I have tagged the party high command to alert it" Lodha said.
Before the Rajya Sabha elections in 2020, eight Congress MLAs in Gujarat resigned and later joined the BJP.
Recently, five former Congress MLAs joined the BJP. The Congress, which won 77 seats in the 2017 Assembly election in Gujarat, now has 65 MLAs.