Win bolsters Patel's position in Cong

Win bolsters Patel's position in Cong

Confident about his estimation he made a deal with BJP Party President Amit Shah ahead of the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls to defeat Congress candidate Ahmed Patel.

Whether or not he takes over as party president, it will be that much more hard for Rahul now to sideline Patel - and the system he represents.

An impatient BJP too rushed a battery of senior ministers, including Arun Jaitley, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan to the EC to counter the Congress allegations. To win, the contestant had to get (176 ÷ 4) + 1 votes, which comes to 45 when rounded off.

He added that "Who votes for a losing side - the Congress?" The national spokesperson for the party however said that Vasava had been instructed to vote for BJP, their new ally.

EC accpted the demand of Congress party to invalidate the votes of the two rebel MLAs.

Patel exhorted all legislators to visit the Tirupati Balaji temple to seek blessings for victory and to vow to win 125 seats in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

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A series of questionable IT raids followed at the Bengaluru resort where the 44 Congress MLAs were staying and at the residential and office premises of their host and Karnataka cabinet minister DK Shivakumar. Also, the next step started to emerge the reports of cross voting with two Congress legislators, Bhola Bhai Gohil and Raghavji Bhai Patel - voted for BJP. The game, of course, has just begun for the Congress in Gujarat.

While it is true that Rajya Sabha elections are about MLAs voting, and need not reflect sentiments on the ground, it is a fact that in the last ten years, the Congress has shown a lack of will to pluck the low-hanging fruit called Gujarat. Also the Congress leader who was a polling agent in this election tried to snatch one candidate's vote and even got up from his seat, thereby violating rules.

Patel's victory in Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, ahead of state elections in December, should instil some confidence in the Congress, which has been out of power in the state for more than two decades now.

Then, a more high-profile delegation of the Congress, comprising Ghulam Nabi Azad, P. Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, Randeep Singh Surjewala and R.P.N. Singh, met the Election Commission again. The Congress wanted him to win at all costs.

BJP's calculation went awry in its assumption that Congress would not draw any other votes outside of its own MLAs. I had been repeatedly warning the leadership about this and how this could impact the Rajya Sabha elections. With this victory, we will have to set a target of winning more than 125 seats in the coming elections.

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