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Shankersinh Vaghela mum on choice in RS poll in Gujarat

09 August 2017

Meanwhile, former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela, who recently quit the Congress, on Tuesday said he did not vote for the party's candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha election of state.

"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 usually quiet polls for the upper chamber of Parliament turned acrimonious and chaotic after the Congress approached the Election Commission demanding cancellation of the votes of Gohil and Patel for having shown the ballots to people other than the party's authorised representatives. In a political fight between the two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Opposition Congress, Gujarat is seeing a standout amongst the most anticipated Rajya Sabha decision.

The Congress has the support of 51 lawmakers along with seven from the Shankarinh Vaghela camp.

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The senior Congress leader also accused the BJP of forcing Congress to take the drastic step of whisking away its MLAs first to a resort in Bengaluru and then to another in Gujarat. On the other hand, the BJP has 122 MLAs and both Shah and Irani are expected to win hands down.

After voting, Vaghela said, "Who will vote for a losing candidate".

The elections seem to be a prestige battle for Congress and will also decide the political future of Patel, who also serves as a political adviser to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. "There are just two gatherings in Gujarat - Congress and BJP". That is the reason there is zero chance of the Congress Party winning this seat. However, Patel told the news agency that NCP will vote for him. "Congress is making baseless allegations since morning", Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

As per the current strength of the Gujarat Assembly each candidate requires a minimum of 45 votes to win.

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The BJP also did an encore, but the EC stood its ground and refused to meet the delegation for the third time.

Notably, the NCP and the JD (U) MLAs had accompanied Patel when he filed his nomination.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Jadeja said that he was going to vote for BJP candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls.

Another Congress leader, Arjun Modhwadia, told reporters that they had requested the BJP and presiding officer to watch the purported video in which the MLAs can be seen revealing their votes to Shah, but the BJP had objected to watching the clip jointly with the Congress.

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Shankersinh Vaghela mum on choice in RS poll in Gujarat