Gujarat RS polls: Won't join hands with BJP, says NCP

09 August, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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Vaghela told news agency ANI that he had warned the top leadership that MLAs were not happy and might join the BJP. Vaghela told reporters after polling.

Vaghela said Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who is in the fray for the third Rajya Sabha seat from the state, had telephoned him on Monday and will again talk to him on Tuesday.

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to strengthen the party's base at the grassroots level, BJP national President Amit Shah will pay a three-day visit to Odisha in September, party Pravari Arun Singh announced here today. The JD (U) said Vasava had voted for the BJP on the direction of Bihar Chief minister and party chief Nitish Kumar. One BJP rebel was also expected to vote for Patel. The defections were crucial blows to the chances of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's Political Secretary Ahmed Patel getting of re-elected to the state Rajya Sabha.

"Who is KC Tyagi to say anything?"

The whole country will confront the effect and impact of this decision.

Six Congress MLAs have already resigned while another six were not a part of the group that was shepherded to Bengaluru by the Patel camp. In order to win comfortably, the party required 46 first preference votes, but the fluidity of politics in the state has put all calculations on shaky ground.

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The stay of the of lawmakers was also marked by Income Tax raids on wealthy Karnataka Minister D Shivakumar, who had been tasked with arranging lodging for them. Congress needs 45 MLAs to win a lone RS seat but they stand on a very sticky wicket as of now.

Vaghela, who parted ways with the Congress recently, has kept the party on tenterhooks refusing to pledge his vote to anyone. By 2001, the Congress had 60 seats, having wrested seats from BJP in the by-elections including urban seats like Sabarmati in Ahmedabad and Sayajigunj in Vadodara.

Out of the 51 MLAs, seven of Mr Vaghela group (including Vaghela) had not gone to Bengaluru but the rest 44 had gone. There are NCP and JD (U) too.

The Congress claimed the two MLAs - Raghavji Patel and Bhola Gohil - belonging to Shankarsinh Vaghela group showed their ballots to the party's authorised agent as well as to the BJP's agent. He was apparently referring to the Rajya Sabha election in Haryana in which BJP-backed independent candidate Subhash Chandra had defeated Congress-supported candidate R K Anand after votes of several MLAs were declared invalid.

According to Election Commission officials, a candidate would require one-fourth of the total number of votes plus one to get elected.

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