Shankersinh Vaghela becomes kingmaker in crucial Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat

Randolph Lopez
August 9, 2017

Three candidates of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and one Congress candidate are in the fray for the seats.

The counting of votes has been delayed after the Congress filed a complaint with the Election Commission alleging that two of its legislators voted for the BJP and showed their votes to an agent of the BJP - a violation of election norms. The 44 Congress MLAs remained holed up at the resort and celebrated Raksha Bandhan with their family members there.

The Congress has 51 legislators in the Gujarat assembly, including Vaghela, who remains a legislator after quitting Congress. The other six MLAs who did not join the 44 lawmakers in Bengaluru were his camp followers and were learnt to have voted for BJP. Congress has fielded party's senior leader Ahmed Patel as its lone candidate.

"We repeatedly told the Elelction Commission not to order a fishing enquiry on Congress demand. Presently when the Congress Party is not going to win the races, there was no point giving my votes to it", Vaghela told the columnists in the wake of making his choice.

Even if none of them cross-votes or uses None of the Above (NOTA) option, the Congress will require one additional vote to ensure Patel's victory.

Facing the toughest electoral battle of his career, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel scrounged for every vote as polling for three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat progressed on Tuesday. Both Congress and BJP have provided their explanations to the EC.

Two MLAs so far have voted for BJP despite being Congress MLAs.

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"Ahmed Patel and state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki will come to Anand to meet them", he said adding they have not taken police security at the resort.

The senior leaders were attending the meeting of the Congress Working Committee, where party president Sonia Gandhi urged them to fight the "all-powerful" adversary.

The other NCP MLA, Jayant Patel Bosky, is believed to have voted for Patel and so has Janata Dal-United's Chhotubhai Vasava. Assuming the six MLAs who resigned from the party soon after Vaghela's announcement, were among those who voted for Kovind, the Congress numbers now stand at 43-down by 14 within nearly two weeks.

Meanwhile, the win of two of the three BJP candidates party president Amit Shah and Smriti Irani was nearly certain, while the fate of the third party candidate Balwantsinh Rajput who joined BJP after resigning from Congress was hanging in balance along with the sole Congress candidate Ahmed Patel.

The Gujarat Assembly today voted to fill Gujarat's three Rajya Sabha seats. Meanwhile, the Congress too covered some ground and the difference in its vote share vis-a vis the BJP was just around eight percent.

It was a day full of high drama and several twists and turns but eventually, BJP chief Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani emerged victorious in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha, election results. So we have zeroed down on certain individuals and are trying to pursue them to vote in Patel's favour. NCP has 2 and JD U has 1 MLA in the house.

Each of the four candidates contesting the elections in Gujarat has to win 45 first preference votes.

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