The newly elected Congress Rajya Sabha MP, Ahmed Patel, on Tuesday said that the MLAs who recenlty left the party were “power hungry and not committed” to it.
Patel, who is Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, said the desertion would not affect the party’s prospects in the upcoming state elections.
He was speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by the city Congress unit to felicitate him and the 43 MLAs who voted for him in the recently held Rajya Sabha polls.
The Congrees leader wore the trademark cap of the Patel quota agitation with the slogan “Jay Patidar, Jay Sardar” written on it. It was given to him during the function.
“Those who have left the party were not strongly rooted in our culture and were not committed to the Congress,” Patel told reporters.
Fourteen Congress MLAs had resigned from the party just before the Rajya Sabha elections, bringing its strength in the state assembly to 43 from 57. However, Patel managed to win the Rajya Sabha seat for the fifth time, pushing back an agressive BJP.
“We are not at all worried as these people were not committed to the Congress. Those who have gone are power hungry. It seems that the BJP had promised them ticket for the next assembly elections,” he alleged.
He said the Congress would win the state assembly elections as the Rajya Sabha polls had boosted the confidence of its workers.
The veteran Congress leader also said that the Rajya Sabha success was just a trailer and the full film will be released in December, when Congress wins the assembly polls.
” Rajya Sabha election was a small victory. I thank my poor MLAs who were lured with money and power, but they choose to stay with Congress ideology. Now our target is big i.e winning Gujarat in 2017 election. Gautam Buddha has said, “Sangarsh Jitna Gehra Hota Hai, Jeet Utni Mithi Hoti Hai,” he was quoted by Times of India.
(With PTI inputs)