Former Congress MLA Soma Bhai Patel was caught on camera accepting that union home minister Amit Shah paid him nearly 10 crores to switch sides.
Earlier Soma Bhai Patel had quit the Congress along with 7 other Congress members ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls held early this year.
Gujarat Congress chief Amit Chavad released a video on Sunday in which Patel can be seen saying that Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Gujarat BJP president CR Patil are trying to strike a deal with the leaders from the opposition camp.
In this video Soma bhai Patel can be heard saying that not only him, but other leaders were also given around rupees 10 crores each.
The by-polls for eight seats were necessitated after Congress MLAs resigned in the run-up to the Rajya Sabha elections earlier this year. All the eight seats were earlier with the Congress.
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The eight seats are Abdasa in Kutch, Morbi, Dhari in Amreli district, Gadhada in Botad district, Karjan in Vadodara, Dangs, Kaprada in Valsad district, and Limbdi in Surendranagar district.
Currently, BJP has a stable majority in the Gujarat Assembly with 103 seats out of 182.
However Questioning the video’s authenticity, the state BJP president C.R. Patil rejected the claim that his party was involved in horse-trading.
He blamed Congress for indulging in a “low-level political rhetoric and conspiracy” as it stared at defeat in the by-polls.