Desperate Measures? Congress to Airlift Ailing MLAs for RS Polls

The Rajya Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh are on 11 June.

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File photo of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. (Photo: PTI)

Congress is thinking of airlifting two of its seriously ill MLAs to Madhya Pradesh to cast their votes in the 11 June Rajya Sabha polls.

We have plans to bring our leader in the House Satyadev Katare, undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mumbai, and MLA Govardhan Upadhyay, who is at a hospital in Indore, by air ambulances to the state Assembly to vote.
KK Mishra, Congress Chief Spokesperson, Madhya Pradesh.

Congress has 57 MLAs in the House. Each candidate needs 58 votes to sail through in the poll. Congress MLA, Ramesh Patel, is in jail and the party has moved the High Court to enable him to vote.

BSP supremo Mayawati has already asked her four MLAs to support Congress candidate Vivek Tankha.

Earlier, amid speculations that some Congress MLAs might cross floor, the party convened a meeting of its legislators in Bhopal, in which five did not turn up, citing different reasons.

Congress has deputed its senior leader and former Union Minister Kamal Nath, who is going to the camp in Bhopal from Thursday and will stay put, to ensure that Tankha wins the election.

Meanwhile, in the state, BJP is backing its leader Vinod Gotia, who is fighting as an independent candidate and is short by nine ballots to sail through, apart from its two official candidates – senior journalist MJ Akbar and Anil Dave.

The BJP has convened a meeting of its 166 members at Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s official residence on Thursday.

(With inputs from PTI)

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