High-stake Gujarat RS elections today

  • High-stake Gujarat RS elections today

High-stake Gujarat RS elections today

Moreover, we have support of two Nationalist Congress Party legislators, one MLA each of JD (U) and Gujarat Parivartan Party.

However, in more trouble for Ahmed Patel, NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja has claimed that his party leadership has asked the two party legislators to support BJP candidate Balwant Singh Rajput in these elections. Therefore, the high profile election to the Upper House from Gujarat has become a matter of prestige for both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has ensured that Patel's passage to the Rajya Sabha would either be effectively blocked or at least would not be, under any circumstances, smooth.

Former Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela on Monday chose to maintain a silence on his choice of candidate for tomorrow's Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, but said Congress nominee Ahmed Patel remained his "friend".

"Apart from them, seven other Congress MLAs, who have not opened their cards yet, may vote for me".

Interestingly, while NCP chief Sharad Pawar had recently promised support to Patel, senior NCP leader Praful Patel was ambivalent on whether the two party MLAs will actually vote for the Congress leader.

The Congress has 51 legislators in the Gujarat assembly, including Vaghela, who remains a legislator after quitting Congress. The way Congress MLAs were targeted for defection, our democracy has been turned into a banana republic.

"Ahmed Patel and state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki will come to Anand to meet them", he said adding they have not taken police security at the resort. But if Shah succeeds in thwarting Patel from reaching the Rajya Sabha, it will be Sonia's authority, and consequently Congress' electoral heft in Gujarat that will suffer maximum damage. So we have zeroed down on certain individuals and are trying to pursue them to vote in Patel's favour.

However Ahmed Patel sounded confident. Vaghela, who had kept his cards close to his chest, told mediapersons after the voting this morning that he had not voted for Congress candidate Ahmed Patel.

Meanwhile, according to BJP's estimates, Irani and Shah will get 45 first-preference votes each, while Rajput will get 31. Congress' uncertainty began on July 21, when Leader of the Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela announced he was quitting the Congress. "I have total confidence in my MLAs", Patel said. Patel requires 45 votes to sail through his fifth RS election. "Even legislators now with Congress will not vote for him", said the 77-year-old veteran.