Two MLAs quit
Congress to
join Modi’s party

AHMEDABAD — In a jolt to Sonia Gandhi’s party, an influential but headstrong Congress legislator of Gujarat and his son, also a member of the legislative assembly (MLA), have resigned as members of the assembly and the party and are all set to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

By Mahesh Trivedi

Published: Thu 28 Feb 2013, 9:02 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:35 PM

The resignations of Vitthal Radadia, an MLA from Dhoraji, and his son Jayesh who was recently elected from Jetpur, have reduced the strength of the Congress in the 182-member house to mere 57.

But party veteran and leader of the opposition in the assembly Shankersinh Vaghela told the Khaleeej Times that the exit of the father-son duo would not make any difference to the Congress in the state where the party has been out of power for the past 17 years.

Radadia, who had met Chief Minister Narendra Modi last week, and his son are likely to be formally welcomed into the saffron party at grand function to be organised here in a day or two.

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