Ahmed Patel Stuns BJP, Steals Last Minute Victory in Gujarat

Isaac Cain
August 11, 2017

Throughout Tuesday, it was a battle of nerves between the BJP and the Congress, a ding-dong battle of nerves between the ruling BJP and the Congress, with the matter ending up at the doors of the Election Commission in Delhi over the invalidation of two votes of the Congress rebels.

BJP president Amit Shah walking into the Rajya Sabha and Patel walking out would have had its own message: an unstoppable BJP on the ascent and the sun setting on the Congress empire. That both in the presidential elections and in the Rajya Sabha polls there was major cross-voting was primarily because of former State chief, Shankar Sinh Vaghela having quit the Congress with his flock. "Good fight. Good win", Ms Banerjee twitted while greeting the senior Congress leader.

Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said the BJP was now resorting to such tactics as challenging the EC decision "merely to stay in the news".

Meanwhile, state unit Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said the party will take action against those MLAs who cross voted in the election.

But the points Ramesh raised warrant brainstorming, instead of the usual attempt by other Congressmen to push the issue under the carpet, especially now after Patel's win.

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, Patel accused the two of "misusing" central probe agencies. Around six Congress legislators with Shankersinh Vaghela exited the party and joined BJP, the party then flew out its 44 MLA to Karnataka in a bid to save its legislatures from BJP. He had to somehow wean away one among the four NCP, JDU and GPP MLAs to break BJP's advantage just hours before polling.

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Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that his party wants the election commission to cancel the votes of the two MLAs. On Tuesday morning, Mr Vasava travelled with Congress leaders from Anand to Gandhinagar but at the polling station, he was escorted by two BJP leaders, who subsequently claimed that Vasava voted for BJP.

In Gujrat, 44 Congress MLAs were moved to Bengaluru because the from the time of the nominations the pole was high.

The Congress has been out of power in Gujarat for more than two decades. He disrupted the whole arithmetic that assured Patel an easy victory with the support of Congress MLAs.

"The victory in Rajya Sabha elections will go a big way to boost our morale".

The old guard in the party appeared elated at Patel's victory as they hoped it would strengthen his hands ahead of the organisational reshuffle expected in the Congress next month.

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