In the 182-member Gujarat assembly, 176 members cast their votes for the Rajya Sabha elections after 6 Congress MLAs resigned and joined BJP.
Congress candidate Ahmed Patel managed to win the third seat in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha after the Election Commission declared two votes of Congress MLAs who cross-voted as invalid.
"Victory of Ahmed Patel is historic", Naik told reporters at the Congress state headquarters in Panaji. Perhaps, this explains why Patel's suggestion, arrived in consensus with Digvijaya Singh, to appoint senior leader Kamal Nath as Pradesh Congress Committee chief for electionbound Madhya Pradesh has been hanging fire. "Two persons are misusing central investigation agencies, Even the BJP is afraid of these two people". Election Commission declaring the two votes invalid came as icing on the cake for Congress' top strategist. Not only this, the party won a thumping majority in the 2017 state Assembly elections, which also saw Yogi Adityanath at the helm. The BJP fielded three candidates-Shah, Irani and turncoat Siddhpur MLA Balvantsinh Rajput-and Congress its veteran Ahmed Patel. He had to somehow wean away one among the four NCP, JDU and GPP MLAs to break BJP's advantage just hours before polling. Last July, the BJP as the ruling party in Jharkhand, defeated a united Opposition with the help of some cross voting and clinched on both Rajya Sabha seats. However, the Congress party need not be so ecstatic on this win and should rather focus on a few disturbing questions.
There has been dissent within Congress itself, which had flown down 46 of its MLAs from Gujarat to Karnataka after the BJP poached some of their colleagues. He disrupted the whole arithmetic that assured Patel an easy victory with the support of Congress MLAs.
In a huge sigh of relief for the Congress, the two votes were disqualified.
"It was the most hard election for me but was confident of my win".
"Videograph of the entire process is available with the Returning Officer and he may be immediately directed to follow the law in letter and spirit", said the party.
Earlier due to defections and fear of cross-voting, the Congress party had to send its party MLAs to a resort in Bengaluru.
Shankersing's son Mahendrasinh Vaghela, who was also expelled from the Congress after he voted for the BJP, said that the seven rebel MLAs had a meeting recently with senior BJP leaders, including chief minister Vijay Rupani and state party president Jitu Vaghani.
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