The tally since Thursday is five.
As soon as the House Assembled for Zero Hour, senior Congress MP Anand Sharma was on his feet to raise the "abduction" of Vyara MLA Punabhai Gamit by district Superintendent of Police, promising him to take to BJP chief Amit Shah who is also a contestant from Gujarat.
Mr Vaghela, who was in the BJP in the nineties, had been unhappy that he wasn't going to be the Congress' chief ministerial candidate. Three MLAs, Balwantsinh Rajput, Tejashree Patel and PI Patel, quit on Thursday and joined the BJP, while three more submitted their resignations to Speaker Ramanlal Vora on Friday but did not join the BJP till evening.
The 40 legislators staying at the Eagleton Golf Resort have also unanimously conveyed that they were all with the party nominee and stalwart Ahmed Patel, who is facing a heated Rajya Sabha battle as the BJP has fielded former Congress legislator Balwantsinh Rajput, once Mr. Patel's protégé. With the assembly strength down to 176, he will need 45 votes.
He said that when the MLAs were taken to a "safe place", the Bharatiya Janata Party started threatening their families. He was also the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly. Any increase in its tally here is what the BJP is trying hard ever since it came to power in 2014.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference here that the Election Commission (EC) should register a criminal case against the saffron party. Currently with the resignation of six MLAs now the number of Congress is 51.
As reported by TOI, Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar said, "To ensure BJP is not successful, 44 of us (Congress MLAs) are leaving from Gujarat for Bengaluru". Besides its own legislators, the Congress hopes to get support from two NCP lawmakers.
Party sources said Bengaluru was chosen as the Congress has its government in Karnataka.
Of the total 11 Rajya Sabha members from the state, the term of three of them - Smriti Irani, Dilipbhai Pandya (both BJP) and Ahmed Patel- is ending on August 18. BJP Gujarat in-charge Bhupendra Yadav questioned the decision to shift MLAs with so much of expenses when the state is struggling to deal with natural calamity like flood. The ex-chief minister however said that he would give up his membership of the house on 15 August, after the Rajya Sabha polls in the state are held. "I have no remedy for this", he said. "My vote, as I have said earlier too, is reserved for Ahmed bhai (Patel)", he added.