Gujarat RS polls: Counting at halt after Congress approaches EC for cancellation of two votes

Gujarat RS polls

Congress party’s plea to cancel the votes of two Congress MLA’s Bholabhai and Raghavji Bhai for showing their vote publicly, Congress’ complaint sent to Central Election Commission in Delhi. Counting will begin once the reply is received.

 

Rajya Sabha polls voting has ended in Gujarat and BJP’s union minister Smriti Irani and chief Amit Shah is all set to be elected, while Ahmed Patel, the close political aid to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is reportedly short of the required 45 votes to sail through his fifth Rajya Sabha election.

Cross voting ruled in the early phase of polling when Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela and his six supporters voted BJP candidate Balwantsinh Rajput, who recently defected from Congress to join the saffron party.

Vaghela said “As Ahmed Patel is going to lose, I have not given my vote to him.” after casting his vote.

Raghavji Patel, rogue Congress MLA claimed that there is no chance of Ahmed Patel winning the seat.

Two Congress MLA’s Bholabhai and Raghavji Bhai also cross voted and publicly showed their votes, according to the reports.

JD(U) leader Chotubhai Vasava did not reveal his vote earlier but later said he voted in favor of BJP according to JD (U)s KC Tyagi.

NCP confirmed one vote to Ahmed Patel.

There is a total of 121 BJP seats in the assembly and after 90 votes to elect Amit Shah and Smriti Irani remaining 31 is in favor of Balwantsinh Rajput. The BJP will be looking for securing 45 vote mark from cross votes from the Congress and smaller parties to secure the election in the third seat for Balwantsinh.

Congress has claimed Ahmed Patel has secured the required votes.

 

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