Polling for 3 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat today

Polling for 3 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat today

Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Tuesday took to twitter and appealed to former party leader Shankersinh Vaghela to support Ahmed Patel in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections.

"Out of our 44 MLAs we accept that one of them has cross-voted, but one of National Congress Party and one of Janata Dal United or JDU has given us support", he claimed". The desperation was so great for the Congress that it had to move 43 of its Gujarat MLAs to a luxury resort in Bengaluru.

While, Congress has 51 MLAs along with 7 of Shankarinh Vaghela's camp.

"There is no question of any offer", he said and added that BJP leaders were not in touch with him.

But with the possibility of rampant cross-voting (11 Congress MLAs cross-voted for the NDA's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind in July), more suspected desertions and uncertainties of NCP votes, Patel's election has turned crucial. As per the sources, Ahmed Patel has got through with 43 Congress votes + 1 NCP +1 JDU = 45 votes.




A good number of the exits from the Congress, even of the dyed-in-the-wool Congressmen, seemed to be provoked by issues other than intra party problems, possibly for protection of business interests.

Three delegations each of the Congress and BJP made a dash for "Nirvachan Sadan", the EC headquarters, within a span of two hours, with the former demanding that the votes of Gohil and Patel be declared invalid, and the latter insisting that counting be taken up "immediately". "I trust him. The NCP's two and JD (U)'s one vote will also be for me", he asserted. Since then he has occupied several key positions in Congress party's state and central wings. The elections to the Upper House from the State, where Assembly polls are due later this year, have received greater attention with BJP President Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani entering the fray and the Congress putting up its heavyweight Ahmed Patel.

The Congress was forced to shift its MLAs out from Gujarat following a spate of resignations in the backdrop of Rajya Sabha elections. Following this, they demanded cancellation of the two votes. With four candidates filing their nominations for the three RS seats from the State, there will be a contest for the RS polls in the State for the first time in over two decades.

When the 44 MLAs alighted from a bus that brought them to Swarnim Sankul Complex in Gandhinagar, Gujarat BJP President Jitubhai Vaghela and other leaders welcomed them.

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