Crucial Rajya Sabha Polls today; Amit Shah, Ahmed Patel in fray

In Gujarat Rajya Sabha Elections Spotlight On Lone Legislator From Nitish Kumar's JDU

The Gujarat Rajya Sabha poll has demonstrated that senior Congressmen and state satraps can fight, and even win, battles - when they set their minds to it, particularly if pushed to the wall - be it Ahmed Patel, Amarinder Singh, Siddharamaiah, or BS Hooda.

Newly elected Congress Rajya Sabha member Ahmed Patel along with party leaders Raj Babbar, CP joshi and others during Indian Youth Congress' "Bharat Bachao Andolan protest against the BJP led NDA government, in New Delhi on Thursday". The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had two legislators, out of which one is said to have voted for Patel.

"We welcome all leaders, including these seven MLAs, who want to join us and who believe in our party' ideology", said Jitu Vaghani, party president of Gujarat BJP.

Patel's victory in Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, ahead of state elections in December, should instil some confidence in the Congress, which has been out of power in the state for more than two decades now.

Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said the BJP was now resorting to such tactics as challenging the EC decision "merely to stay in the news".

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There has been dissent within Congress itself, which had flown down 46 of its MLAs from Gujarat to Karnataka after the BJP poached some of their colleagues. "Good fight. Good win", Ms Banerjee twitted while greeting the senior Congress leader.

"It was the most hard election for me but was confident of my win". They colluded with Britishers to deny freedom of India and today they are boasting of freedom and other things. The move comes just a day after the voting was held in Gandhinagar. According to the rules, in a Rajya Sabha election, the MLAs of a party have to show their ballot to the party's authorized representative. A crucial clause in the constitutional amendment bill fell due to a lack of two-thirds vote and the success of opposition amendments due to 31 BJP and NDA MPs being absent.

More importantly, the defeat would have possibly triggered more Jairams to openly call for a "new Congress" (read: one aligned more with the party's face of defeat - Rahul Gandhi - than with the old guard that stands firmly behind Sonia while still trying to understand her son's gameplan, if at all there is one).

Reacting on the EC ruling Gujarat Congress President Bharatsinh Solanki indirectly accused BJP president Amit Shah for what happened during the voting Tuesday morning.

BJP President Amit Shah made his Parliament debut along with Union Minister Smriti Irani who was re-elected as the member of the upper house, both comfortably winning their respective seats.

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