In a jolt to the Congress in Gujarat, its senior member and MLA from the Vijapur constituency, C.J. Chavda resigned on Friday.
The transfer is seen as a prelude to Chavda’s anticipated shift to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
His resignation was formally submitted to Shankar Chaudhary, the Speaker of the Gujarat State Assembly, on the latter’s official residence in Gandhinagar.
This departure marks a notable discount within the Congress’s illustration within the Gujarat Assembly, which now stands at 15 within the 182-seat legislature.
Chavda’s exit follows an identical transfer by Chirag Patel, the previous Congress MLA from Khambhat, who additionally resigned and is rumoured to affix the BJP quickly.
Chavda, who has served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly twice, is a seasoned determine within the Congress get together. He beforehand held the function of chief whip within the Assembly, representing the Gandhinagar North constituency. In the 2022 elections, he shifted his political battleground to Vijapur, situated in Mehsana district.