Amit Shah, Smriti Irani, ex-Cong MLA Balwantsinh Rajput file nominations for Rajya Sabha elections

Congress has fielded Ahmed Patel for the Gujarat Rajya Sabha seat.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 12:56 pm
amit shah, rajya sabha, amit shah rajya sabha, bjp, gujarat, gujarat rajya sabha gujarat nomination, india news, indian express news Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput after filing their nomination for Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat (Source: Express Photo)

BJP national president Amit Shah filed the nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat on Friday morning. Shah was accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and former chief minister Anandiben Patel in Gandhinagar. Union Minister Smriti Irani and former Congress leader Balwantsinh Rajput have also filed their nominations for the other two seats for which elections are scheduled to be held on August 8.

Rajput, an MLA from Sidhpur and Congress’s chief whip in the Gujarat Assembly, left Congress on Thursday for rge BJP along with Viramgam MLA Tejashree Patel and Vijapur MLA Prahlad Patel. Rajput is also Shankersinh Vaghela’s relative, the veteran Congress leader who took an exit from the Congress last week. Two more Congress MLAs — Mansingh Chouhan and Chhanabhai Chaudhary —  also handed over their resignation to the Assembly Speaker on Friday, reducing the Congress’s tally to 52 in the 182-seat Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Congress has fielded Ahmed Patel for the Gujarat Rajya Sabha seat. On Thursday, AICC general secretary in charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot expressed confidence that Patel would win.  “After ruling Gujarat for 20-plus years, if the BJP relies on the defection of a few Congress MLAs to stay in the fight for the 2017 polls, it says a lot about the party’s ‘development’ and ‘people friendly policies’,” Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Bharatsinh Solanki said.

In the presidential election, eight Congress  MLAs in Gujarat had voted in favour of NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind.

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    Truth
    Jul 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm
    The most deserving and "Highly qualified" citizens of our country-----Fatty-Shah and Fatty-Irani will make quite a couple in Rajya Sabha !!!
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      Truth
      Jul 28, 2017 at 6:05 pm
      Next deserving posts for them President and Vice-President of India !!!
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      vatsal
      Jul 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm
      Ashok Gehlot remarks "after ruling 20 years" as in the article has no basis. Rajya Sabha elections are indirect elections. MLAs use their wisdom. Whip reins them. But if one politician like "Ahmed Patel" or "Venkaiah Naidu" keep getting elected to Rajya Sabha, repeatedly it causes unease in organisation. This aspect (Venkaiahji's Rajya Sabha route) has been taken care by BJP leadership now (due to alert and cadre caring leadership of NAMO-Amit duo. No wonder party will grow. Under LKA dispensation this was not the case and BJP was shrinking. Mr. Ashok Gehlot or Congress leadership better correct themselves instead of criticising BJP leadership for their follies.
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        Pradeep Raghavan
        Jul 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm
        This shows that BJP is power hungry and can even sell their wives and daughter for power. Well actually its good for Congress, all those who are not loyal with their party must leave. Congress should rejuvenate with fresh and young faces. Its Congress yukt BJP.
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          NoMan'sLand
          Jul 28, 2017 at 3:48 pm
          Wah a bunch of all those who could have never won LS now got backdoor entry!
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