Gujarat Congress MLAs to meet Sonia, Rahul Gandhi to discuss strategy for upcoming Assembly polls

Ahmedabad: All the 43 Congress MLAs, who remained united to elect senior leader Ahmed Patel to Rajya Sabha recently, will meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday in Delhi.

Out of the 43 legislators, four MLAs, including Shaktisinh Gohil, reached Delhi On Saturday while 39 left on Sunday evening from the Ahmedabad airport, Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said.

File image of Sonia Gandhi. PTI

File image of Sonia Gandhi. PTI

Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki and other senior party leaders are also accompanying the MLAs.

"After winning the Rajya Sabha polls, which was a battle to save the democracy, our MLAs expressed a wish to meet the party high command. That is why we are taking them to Delhi," Solanki said at the airport in Ahmedabad.

During their stay in Delhi, the MLAs will discuss the strategy to win the upcoming Assembly polls, due later in 2017, said Doshi, adding that the MLAs would also celebrate Ahmed Patel's birthday on Monday.

"MLAs would share their experiences regarding the Rajya Sabha polls with Soniaji and Rahulji tomorrow (Monday). Ahmedbhai would also be present. They would also discuss the strategy to be adopted during the Assembly polls," said Doshi.

Before coming back on 23 August, these MLAs would visit Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, Doshi added.

Ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls for Gujarat on 8 August, Congress had shifted 44 of its MLAs to Bengaluru to save them from "poaching".

While one of them cross voted during the polling, Ahmed Patel won the election with the help of votes of remaining 43 MLAs and one vote of lone JD(U) MLA, Chhotu Vasava.

Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017 22:30 PM

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