Gujarat Rajya Sabha election vote counting delayed due to dispute

BJP national president Amit Shah. PTI file

The Congress later moved the Election Commission demanding cancellation of votes of its two MLAs - Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavjibhai Patel - who cross-voted in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections and allegedly showed the ballots to BJP leaders against the rules.

The senior Congress leader claimed that although NCP had yesterday said that it had not decided about giving support to any party, "latest reports suggest that NCP has taken a decision to support me".

With less than 24 hours to go before the crucial Rajya Sabha election for three seats in Gujarat, clouds of uncertainty still hang over senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel's possible entry into the Upper House for a fifth time.

The Congress leader said that the BJP was panicking and was anxious about the result of the polls.

The Congress has 50 MLAs in the Assembly minus Vaghela.

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"There is no question of any offer", he said and added that BJP leaders were not in touch with him. The BJP's Amit Shah and Smriti Irani are set to be chosen to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat in surveying on Tuesday, which has turned into a high-stakes fight for Congress gathering's Ahmed Patel, on account of infighting and abdications. "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. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani says that the entire party has voted as per the whip issued by the BJP party. A candidate requires one-fourth of the total number of votes plus one to get elected. "He had first completed the remaining term of Rajnath Singh and afterwards he was elected into his first term as the president of the party past year". At present, Congress has 51 MLAs in the house but Vaghela's loyalists are expected to abstain or vote against Patel on Tuesday. That's why there is no chance of the Congress Party winning this seat.

Congress and the BJP with 57 and 58 seats respectively are now standing neck-to-neck in the Rajya Sabha.

Surjewala said the two legislators, instead of showing their ballots to party's election agent, displayed it to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani, which he said, "should not be accepted".

Counting began at 5 pm. There are NCP and JD (U) too.

A candidate in the current polls needs to garner 45 votes for a straight win. They are very committed; they did not go home even for "Raksha Bandhan".

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