They were moved to the Nijanand Resort near Anand. Their family members will visit the resort for the Raksha Bandhan festival on Monday.
The Congress has the strength of 51 in the House but it can not bank upon the seven MLAs who refused to go to Bengaluru.
Vaghela on Sunday said that he had presaged the top rung of his party with regard to rising unrest in the political outfit in Gujarat but the senior leadership did not pay heed to his advice. They have even issued a whip. This is an example of a banana republic. Other than Congress Patel is counting on votes from 2 legislators from Sharad Pawar's NCP. Given the effective strength of the Assembly now being 176, each of the four candidates - Ahmed Patel, Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput - will have to poll at least 44 votes each.
Congress MLA from Sanand, Karamsi Patel, triggered trouble for Ahmed Patel as he was indulged in cross-voting, giving his mandate to BJP candidate Balwantsinh Rajput.
"As all of us are united". Our MLAs are being constantly threatened'. "The Congress will win comfortably", Patel told reporters. Patel, due to his proximity to the Congress president, had been instrumental in deciding the course which the party took during the better part of Sonia Gandhi's tenure.
Two MLAs so far have voted for BJP despite being Congress MLAs.
"They can make all attempts to insult the people's mandate". Shah has tried to muddy the waters by fielding a third candidate, a relative of rebel Congress leader Shankar Singh Vaghela, to take on Patel. It will be proven in the assembly elections.
However, seven of them refused to be shifted to Bengaluru to "protect" them from BJP's alleged intimidation and "lure of '15 crore per MLA". "Will they be able to win?"
He also accused the ruling BJP government in Gujarat of looting the state for the last 20 years.
If neither they (Congress) nor election observers object to it when votes were cast, then the votes can not be questioned now, he said, and demanded that "the counting of votes should be done immediately and results declared".
On Monday, Vaghela said he was not in touch with Congress MLAs.
The election means a lot for Patel, one of the most powerful politicians of the main opposition party.
The Congress had transported its 44 MLAs to the party-ruled Karnataka fearing defections. None will be eligible to vote in the Rajya Sabha election on August 8. "I don't want to expose it".
When asked about cross-voting by Vaghela and his supporters, he shrugged, "So what (we never counted them)".