The Congress on Friday accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of horse-trading ahead of the Rajya sabha elections which is going to be held on August 8. This comes a day after six MLAs of Congress resigned from the party and joined BJP.

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said during a press conference that BJP in GujarFat was offering huge money to Congress MLAs to join hands with them.

“Crores of rupees have been spent in horse-trading in Gujarat by the BJP,” senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said during a press conference, according to ANI.

“The anti-defection law is supreme and the Supreme Court has repeatedly called defections a constitutional sin,” he added.

Singhvi also said that Congress Gujarat MLA Punabhai Gamit had alleged that he was offered Rs 10 crore rupees by the BJP.

On Thursday, three of the Congress legislators resigned from the party and joined the BJP with the Chief Whip bagging a Rajya Sabha ticket that could threaten the chances of Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel in the biennial election.

Chief Whip Balwantsinh Rajput, MLA from Siddhpur who is rebel leader Shankersinh Vaghela’s relative, was named by the BJP for the third Rajya Sabha seat for which Patel has filed his nomination. BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani are the other two party candidates.

The other two MLAs are Tejashree Patel from Viramgam, and Vijapur legislator PI Patel.

(With IANS inputs)

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