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Ahmed Patel corners Amit Shah, says Congress will win Gujarat

11 August 2017, 04:09 | Jodi Jackson

This will be Ahmed Patel's fifth term in the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat; his victory comes as a great boost to the Congress party that has been on a loosing streak.

Former Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela slammed the party on Thursday for "conspiring" to win one seat in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections.

The election of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's aide Ahmed Patel to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, amid late-night drama on Tuesday, has rejuvenated the party, state Congress President Shantaram Naik said on Wednesday.

He said when Congress MLA Raghavji Patel came to cast his vote, the Congress agent tried to snatch the ballot paper in an attempt to incite him. "Good fight. Good win", Banerjee said in a Twitter post. The party cadre is enthused and we hope to be able to now step up our attack on the ruling BJP in the state. Election Commission declaring the two votes invalid came as icing on the cake for Congress' top strategist.

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.

Mr. Shah was accompanied by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and State BJP president Jitu Vaghani.

If we assume that NCP is telling the truth, then either "rebel" BJP MLA Kotadiya or JD (U)'s Vasava is not telling the truth.

Earlier, today polling was held for 3 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that his party wants the election commission to cancel the votes of the two MLAs.

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. Following his exit, six MLAs, including Rajput, quit the Congress and joined the BJP ahead of the RS elections. One of the 44 party MLAs voted against him, so he had 43 votes from his party. "I thank my party leaders and my MLAs", Patel told a gathering of Congress MLAs at the Gandhinagar Circuit House. It is a huge morale booster for the Congress and for Patel as well since he has emerged stronger and more powerful from the ordeal.

Accepting all the demands by the Congress, the Election Commission announced the vote of two Congress members as invalid.

Meanwhile, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Arun Jaitley met the Election Commission and claimed that the "the concept of secrecy in elections to Rajya Sabha is no more valid because the Parliament itself has made elections to the Rajya Sabha through the open ballot".

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