Rajput is a relative of Shankersinh Vaghela, who quit the Congress last week, while P.I. Patel was the Congress legislator from Vijapur.
The Gujarat unit of the Congress suffered yet another blow today when another party MLA resigned from the Assembly today, taking the total number of legislators to have quit to six.
Elections will be held for three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat on August 8. The issue also rocked the Rajya Sabha, which witnessed repeated adjournments as angry Congress members accused the BJP of "stealing" party lawmakers. As the Congress members trooped into the Well and started shouting slogans, Naqvi took potshots at the main opposition party saying they would also demand a direction to the Surpreme Court as several of their members are involved in "corruption" cases.
In the face of at least six Congress MLAs from Gujarat resigning from party, senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Friday alleged that crores of rupees have been spent in horse trading in Gujarat by the BJP. As many as 11 of its 57 MLAs cross-voted in the recent presidential elections, choosing the NDA's Ram Nath Kovind over UPA nominee Meira Kumar, who got only 46 Congress votes.
The development came hours after seven Congress MLAs chose to quit the party in the last two days. "The BJP has nothing to do with it", he said.
The party has not identified the MLAs who cross-voted.
For getting a Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat, the support of 47 MLAs is required.
Following repeated adjournments earlier on, the Rajya Sabha was on Friday adjourned for the day soon after it met after lunch, amid a ruckus by Opposition and treasury benches.
In a late damage control after seven MLAs from Gujarat resigned from Congress in last 48 hours, the party shifted its 44 MLAs to Bengaluru, to prevent, what they call horse trading ahead of a crucial election in the state. He was forcibly detained and an attempt was made to give a bribe of Rs 10 crore with allurement to meet BJP president Shri Amit Shah.
Dang MLA Mangal Gavit and Ishwarbhai Patel, another Congress legislator present at the press meet, made similar allegations.