Gujarat RS polls: Won't join hands with BJP, says NCP
Gujarat RS polls: Won't join hands with BJP, says NCP
The 44 Gujarat MLAs arrived in Ahmedabad amid heavy security
09 August, 2017, 00:27
Technically, Patel should have easily won, as he expected to poll 54 votes (51 Congress plus two NCP and one JD (U) vote).
Asked about speculation that he had been offered the post of Governor by the BJP, Vaghela said there were no talks between him and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
A battle of nerves was played out at the Election Commission headquarters here Tuesday night with both Congress and the BJP sending high-powered delegations to present arguments over the cliffhanger Rajya Sabha poll involving Ahmed Patel.
The MLAs were moved to a private resort near Bengaluru on July 29 following the resignation of six Congress legislators.
In the following assembly elections, in 1998, its score went up to 53 in the house of 182, plus the four MLAs of Vaghela's Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP). "Since a party chief can have two terms, Shah can remain the party president till 2022", said a senior BJP leader.
Congress lawmaker Karamsinh Makwana reportedly did not show his ballot paper to the polling agent, also fuelling speculation that he cross-voted.
"There is no question of any offer (from the BJP)". Ahmed Patel is pitted against BJP national president Amit Shah. Patel is also the political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The BJP leaders made a dash to the EC once again, claiming that the top Congress leaders were pressurising the poll authority. These MLAs were flown back to Gujarat for the voting.
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After returning from Bengaluru, all 44 Congress MLAs were taken to a resort near Anand town under police escorts, almost 75 km from Ahmedabad which is close to Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki's native Borsad.
Patel asserted that he is contesting the poll as an ordinary Congressman not as political secretary to party head Sonia Gandhi.
A loss for Patel would take place if some of those 44 MLAs do not vote for him.
"It is not even sure that all the 44 MLAs of the Congress will vote for the same person, they may also do cross voting. I have no personal interests to negotiate with the BJP", he said, while replying to a query. Meanwhile, for the third seat, it is still short of 14 votes which seems like an uphill task in the current political scenario in the state. Lawmakers in Gujarat will vote for three Rajya Sabha seats on Tuesday.
In an attempt to prevent cross-voting, Congress has issued a whip to its MLAs saying that cross-voting would result in disqualification from the party for six years.
Counting began at 5 pm. NCP has two and JD (U) has one MLA in the house.
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