Chhabil Patel, MLA from Abdasa Constituency in Kutch district and Prabhu Vasava, MLA from Mandvi Constituency in Surat district submitted their resignations to state Assembly Speaker Vaju Vala. Vala announced in the Assembly that both had submitted their resignations to him.
"Narendra bhai's leadership has influenced me. I want to see him as the next Prime Minister. I will support the cause of making a Gujarati our Prime Minister. He developed Gujarat and now on Gujarat's model, he will develop the entire country," said Patel, a two-time MLA who had quit BJP 18 years ago to join Congress.
"Earlier I was in a wrong place. Now I am in the right place. I have given my resignation to the Speaker and it has been accepted," Patel said. Vasava said, "All Gujaratis want to see Narendra Modi as their PM.
Respecting their feelings, I have decided to join BJP to ensure Narendra bhai becomes the next PM." Last week Rajendrasinh Chavda, MLA from Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha district, and Jasa Barad, MLA from Somnath in Junagadh district resigned and joined BJP.
In the last week of January, Lathi MLA Bavku Undhad had joined BJP. With today's exits, Congress's strength in the Assembly is down to 52.