Gujarat Election: BJP lost 2 votes for the third candidates

Gujarat Election: BJP lost 2 votes for the third candidates

Gujarat Election: BJP lost 2 votes for the third candidates

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.

Only 23 out of the 56 members of the ruling BJP were present in the House.

Shah and Irani, whose victory in the election was a foregone conclusion, secured 46 votes each. The Congress on Wednesday expelled for six years eight of its MLAs who cross-voted in the elections. The game was still evenly balanced as Patel had the required 44 votes in a house of 176.

A jubilant Ahmed Patel said, while the MLAs have voted for an "inclusive India", the victory will help Congress fight the Gujarat elections due in November-December. Vaghela said, "I congratulate Ahmed Patel on victory".

Meanwhile, all 43 legislators who voted for Ahmed Patel held a meeting with the senior Congress leader and vowed to fight the forthcoming polls with more vigor.

In a belated response, the Bharatiya Janata Party raised a similar legal wrangle against two Congress MLAs, Shailesh Parmar, also the Chief Whip of the party, and Mitesh Garasia, but the Commission dismissed it.

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Hours after polling, Congress met the Returning Officer, crying foul and alleging that two of its defectors had showed their ballot papers to BJP chief Amit Shah. General Secretary in-charge of the state, Bhupinder Yadav, who played a key role in the party's surprising victory from Jharkhand, was also stationed in Gujarat for the last two days.

A Congress leader admitted that the leadership made a mistake and underestimated Vaghela.

"It was the most hard election for me but was confident of my win".

Former Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela slammed the party on Thursday for "conspiring" to win one seat in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections. "I don't want to comment on Amit Shah on personal level" Patel said. Congress had to literally cage 44 of its MLAs fearing that they might be poached by rival BJP. Modi even quipped that Shah revived the Jansangh culture of hard work in the party.

However, the BJP insists that Kotadiya has not cross-voted and is only trying to save his skin from the wrath of Patidars, who have crossed swords with BJP over the demand for reservation.

This, even as Congress ousted several of its MLAs in Gujarat for cross-voting during the election, which nearly cost Patel his seat. This time they may have met their match, as they are finding it hard to defeat the veteran Congressman who is confident of winning what he calls "the most bitter and hard election he has ever seen".

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