Gujarat RS polls: Counting delayed as Cong objects to cross voting of its MLAs, demands scrapping of votes
Source :NewsBharati   Date :08-Aug-2017

 Gandhinagar, Aug 8: The outcome of the high-profile biennial Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat was delayed on Tuesday evening as the Congress party objected to cross voting by two of its MLAs and demanded the Election Commission to scrap those two votes cast in favor of the BJP candidate.

The two Congress MLAs Raghavji Patel and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja have voted in favor of the third BJP candidate Balwantsinh Rajput causing great trouble for the official Congress nominee Ahmed Patel.

Nearly after two decades, for the first time, senior Congress leader
Ahmed Patel has faced the terrible challenge of getting elected to the Upper House which he used represent from his home state.

This time the ruling BJP, under the leadership of Amit Shah, decided to defeat Congress strategist Patel who happened to be the political adviser of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Tuesday all 176 MLAs cast their vote in the historic Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections where BJP Chief Amit Shah is contesting the election for the Upper House for the first time. Union I & B Minister Smriti Irani who is another BJP candidate is all set for her second term for Rajya Sabha.


With the candidature of former Congress chief whip Balwantsinh Rajput, the BJP came out as the chief spoiler for the Congress where the party is facing tough times with the open revolt of senior leader and former Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela which resulted in the resignation of six of its MLAs recently.

BJP has 120 MLAs in the 182-member Assembly, whereas Congress has got 51 after six of its MLAs resigned from the party which included the defection of former Congress chief whip Balwantsinh Rajput, who is now contesting against his onetime mentor.

Each candidate in the Gujarat Assembly needs 45 votes to win the seat. The six law makers who resigned can't vote and that brought the strength of the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly down to 176.

The things got complicated when senior leader Vaghela after casting his vote openly endorsed that he did not vote for Ahmed Patel as he was convinced about the defeat of Congress. MLAs like Raghavji Patel and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja also came out and said that they have voted for the BJP.

Responding to the comments of MLAs Congress demanded the cancellation of votes of two of its legislators who cross-voted and displayed their ballot paper to the BJP's polling agent. A defeat for Ahmed Patel will hit the morale of the Congress ahead of assembly elections in the state of Gujarat.