The Gujarat unit of Congress on Saturday moved several party legislators to resorts and bungalows amid fears of poaching by the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the June 19 Rajya Sabha elections in the state, PTI reported. This came days after three Gujarat Congress MLAs – Brijesh Merja, Akshay Patel and Jitu Chaudhary – resigned from the party.

The Bharatiya Janata Party now has 103 legislators in the 182-member Assembly, while the Congress has 65. The BJP has fielded Abhay Bhardwaj, Ramila Bara and Narhari Amin for the Rajya Sabha polls, while the Congress candidates are senior leaders Shaktisinh Gohil and Bharatsinh Solanki.

In view of the restrictions on large gatherings imposed to rein in the coronavirus pandemic, the Congress has divided its legislators into three groups and has confined them locally in resorts at Ambaji, Rajkot and Vadodara districts of the state, according to The Indian Express.

While MLAs from North Gujarat have been shifted to Wild Winds Resort near Ambaji in the Congress-ruled state of Rajasthan, MLAs from Saurashtra have been shifted to a resort near Rajkot, which is owned by former party legislator Indranil Rajyaguru. Meanwhile, all leaders in central Gujarat have been lodged at the Aries Riverside Farmhouse near Vadodara.

Unidentified party officials told the newspaper that...

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