Gujarat Rajya Sabha election: Why it's important for both BJP and Congress

  • Gujarat Rajya Sabha election: Why it's important for both BJP and Congress

Gujarat Rajya Sabha election: Why it's important for both BJP and Congress

"If a voter shows his vote to anyone other than the party's authorised agent, then his vote gets rejected", Gohil told ANI.

However, NCP MLA from Kutiyana Assembly constituency in Porbander district Kandhal Jadeja said, "Our leader Praful Patel has issued a whip to cast vote in favour of the BJP candidates".

Speaking to the media, Vaghela said that there was no point to vote for Congress when it is certain that they will not win.

Sonia Gandhi's political aide Ahmed Patel was facing a tough contest against all-out efforts by the saffron party to stymie his attempts at seeking a fifth term.

NCP legislator Kandhal Jadeja announced that the party has chose to support Bharatiya Janata Party. In a major setback for the Congress, another MLA Raghavji Patel has said he has not voted for Congress candidate. This led to a spate of resignations and defections which has left Congress floundering to a mere 44 MLAs with the Patel camp from the 57 it had few weeks ago.

The party in power in Gujarat "poached" three of six Congress legislators.

Hunt for a Rajya Sabha seat from the Gujarat quota is increasingly becoming an uphill task for Congress marksman Ahmed Patel as dramatic scenes during voting and uncertainty over counting have reduced the whole process to a soap opera with open mudslinging over allegations of horse-trading by the Congress against the BJP. BJP has fielded 3 candidates for total 3 seats going to vacate. In fact, the NCP and JD (U) MLAs accompanied Patel when he went to file his nomination.

Earlier, a bus carrying 44 Congress MLAs reached the Swarnim Sankul in the state secretariat from a resort in Anand this morning.

The Congress has the strength of 51 in the House but it can not bank upon the seven MLAs who refused to go to Bengaluru.

The officials did not raid the Gujarat MLAs but whisked away Shivakumar to his bungalow in the city for questioning him following the seizure of documents, cash, jewellery and property records made in his house.

Asked about allegations of surveillance on him and Congress MLAs by the ruling BJP, he said: "I don't know why I am targeted like this". The victory of Amit Shah and Smriti Irani on behalf of BJP is being considered convincing. "Therefore, I do not want to reveal whom I will vote for", Vaghela, who recently revolted against the Congress, told reporters here.

Since BJP has 121 seats in the assembly, the election of Shah and Irani is a foregone conclusion.

A fortnight ago, Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela claimed that he was booted out of the party. NCP has two and JD (U) has one MLA in the house.