New Delhi: Congress MLA from Radhanpur Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Zala resigned from the Gujarat Assembly, apparently after voting against the party candidates in the Rajya Sabha bypoll on Friday.
Alpesh smacks out at Rahul Gandhi and claimed that the former Congress President had done nothing for the party. Thakor was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “I joined Congress trusting Rahul Gandhi, but unfortunately, he did nothing for us. We were insulted again and again. So, I have resigned from the post of Congress MLA.”
Besides Alpesh Thakor, Congress MLA Dhavalsinh Zala had also resigned from the Gujarat Assembly after contesting against the party candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-poll. The by-elections of the two Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat commenced on Friday morning at the Assembly complex in Gandhinagar.
BJP had fielded External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and OBC leader Juglaji Thakor, the Congress has nominated Chandrika Chudasama and Gaurav Pandya.
“I have cast my vote for honest national leadership that wants to take the country to new heights. I cast vote as per my inner voice,” Thakor said after quitting the Assembly.
Soon after the results of the Lok Sabha elections came out, Rahul Gandhi had expressed his wish to step down as the Congress had managed to secure 52 seats in the Lower House. Taking responsibility for the whip, Rahul had said that he would remain a party worker even after stepping down as the party chief.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had removed ‘Congress president’ as his designation from his Twitter profile, barely an hour after he posted his resignation letter on the microblogging site on Wednesday.
After emerging as a leading OBC leader in Gujarat, Alpesh had joined the Congress before the 2017 Assembly election. He won the election from the Radhanpur seat of Patan. The OBC leader claimed that his community and supporters were “duped” and they felt “neglected”. Alpesh could not be reached for comment.