Forty-four Congress legislators were taken outside Gujarat, at a time when they were required to serve the flood-hit people of their constituencies. The Congress resorted to other desperate tactics as well.
Smriti Irani wrote that there are certain events when politicians are expected to rise above partisan considerations to tap into a “latent sense of ‘we’ feeling that helps forge national identity”.
The rejection of two votes have made it impossible for the BJP to elect its third candidate – Balwantsinh Rajput — and ensured the victory of Congress veteran Ahmed Patel, whom the BJP wanted to defeat desperately.
Gujarat Rajya Sabha election highlights: Ahmed Patel poll 44 votes while Amit Shah and Smriti Irani got 46 votes each. Congress turncoat Balwantsinh Rajput registered 38 votes.
Rajya Sabha polls: In Ahmedabad, the BJP said it was confident of winning all three seats in Gujarat. Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said all members of the party were in the state to support its three candidates.
A series of clashes between CPI(M) and BJP-RSS activists had rocked Thiruvanathauram last week. The BJP had alleged that the CPI(M) was behind the murder of Rajesh on July 29, a charge denied by the ruling party in the state.
Here is the list of assets declared by candidates for Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. Elections are to be held August 8.
Another group of 10 MLAs reached the Bengaluru resort where over 30 MLAs were flown from Gujarat to save them from joining the ranks of the BJP, after six of its MLAs quit the party ahead of crucial Rajya Sabha election next month.
The elections to the Upper House have created a lot of curiosity after six Congress MLAs resigned from the Gujarat Assembly and at least three of them joined BJP.
Smriti Irani’s Instagram game has been pretty lit. From posting paragliding videos and International Yoga Day pictures making fun of herself, she has now posted a picture with her husband from yesteryear, because well it’s Thursday and perfect for a #TBT!
The terms of nine Rajya Sabha members from Gujarat and West Bengal are ending on August 18. These include Irani, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien.
BJP chief Amit Shah and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani will contest the Rajya Sabha elections, confirmed Union Minister JP Nadda after BJP’s Parliamentary Party meeting on Wednesday evening.
“Based on the recommendations of Sam Pitroda Committee report, Prasar Bharati is in the process of conducting manpower audit to look into the issue. This audit is expected to be completed during 2017-18,” Smriti Zubin Irani said.
Later, Gandhi also tweeted, “Hitler, once wrote: Keep a firm grasp on reality, so you can strangle it at any time. This is what is happening today-strangulation of reality.”
“GST is not only a good and simple tax, but also a great step towards transformation. Let us make history and be a part of it, so that we can tell our future generations that we never evaded tax,” Smriti Irani said