Congress chief Ahmed Patel retains Gujarat Rajya Sabha seat with 44 votes

Congress chief Ahmed Patel retains Gujarat Rajya Sabha seat with 44 votes

Amid high political drama, the Rajya Sabha (RS) polls in Gujarat ended with Ahmed Patel, political guide to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, maintaining his seat from the state.

Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) President Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani also won their RS seats, at the same time as Congress turncoat and BJP nominee, Balwantsinh Rajput, misplaced the race.

In spite of move-voting via at least  individuals of the legislative meeting (MLAs), Patel bagged the requisite 44 first preference votes, even as each Shah and Irani controlled to receive 46 votes each. Patel was banking on 44 of its fifty one MLAs to help him, with the alternative seven being seen as supporters of the riot Congress chief Shankersinh Vaghela.

“This isn’t always just my victory. it is a defeat of the maximum blatant use of cash electricity, muscle electricity and abuse of country machinery. BJP stands uncovered of private vendetta and political terror. people of Gujarat will supply them a befitting reply in this yr’s election,” Patel tweeted at the micro-running a blog website Twitter.

Senior Congress chief P Chidambaram, who became part of a Congress delegation that met the Election commission (EC) on Tuesday in search of the rejection of votes of two Congress rebels, said: “cash, muscle and manipulation could not win within the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections.”

Congress, as well as the BJP, took turns to stall counting, resulting in a delay inside the announcement of the RS polls end result on Tuesday.

Counting for the vital Gujarat RS polls, which concluded at put up-nighttime on Wednesday, became delayed after Congress sought the cancellation of the two votes that have been forged through celebration MLAs — Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavjibhai Patel — from the kingdom EC (SEC), thereby, stalling the counting manner.

Disqualifying the two votes, the EC ordered for counting past due Tuesday night time. Later, the BJP attempted to stall the counting in addition at the same time as annoying the EC to make the video pictures of Gohil and Patel’s balloting public.

As towards an in advance needful forty five first preference votes, the disqualification of  votes led to Patel requiring most effective 44 votes, which he managed to advantage on the stop of the political drama.

Congress had alleged that the 2 MLAs had violated balloting method below provisions of Rule 39 of behavior of Election rules, 1961, through displaying their ballot  papers to folks other than the authorised Congress agent while casting their votes.

From a complete of 182 MLAs, the Gujarat state meeting changed into recently decreased to 176 after six Congress MLAs resigned following Vaghela’s assertion to stop the celebration at some point of his birthday celebrations on July 21. BJP has 122 MLAs in the country meeting.

This ended in Vaghela and Congress MLA Karamsinh Patel, amongst others accomplishing pass-vote casting to the BJP.

Congress’ allegations now not simplest delayed counting, however it additionally led to a high-voltage drama being played out as numerous heavyweights from each the Congress and the BJP, including P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad, took turns to go to the EC in Delhi.

Even as Congress had pressed for cancellation of the 2 votes, the BJP had challenged the same via keeping that the opposition party was past due in submitting a complaint. Congress had, but, rebutted the same by declaring that it had added the problem to the returning officer’s word on Tuesday morning, however did no longer elicit any response from the latter.

Video pictures of the two MLAs’ votes changed into proven to the EC, following which their votes were disqualified.

Congress birthday party leaders even alleged that the ruling birthday party BJP were asserting strain on EC in delaying movement against the two MLAs who violated voting process. however, leader Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday denied such allegations levelled towards the ruling birthday celebration.

Patel, who has been prevailing the RS seat from Gujarat for quite a while now, saw a near fight for arguably the primary time. close to the Gandhi circle of relatives and one of the key parent behind Congress’ Lok Sabha poll wins in 2004 and 2009, Patel’s retention of an RS seat became vital no longer only for the senior birthday celebration leader but additionally for its president- Sonia Gandhi.

Polling for the Rajya Sabha elections had began on Tuesday morning at the Swarnim Sankul, the state Secretariat, in Gandhinagar.

Earlier in a bid to prevent the BJP from “poaching” rest of its legislators, the Congress had flown 44 of its MLAs to Bengaluru and lodged them there for nine days, before bringing them lower back to Gujarat on Monday. Lodged at a motel in Anand, the MLAs have been escorted underneath heavy police protection to Gandhinagar on Tuesday for the crucial RS voting in Gujarat.

August 9, 2017