Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls: High drama as lone JD(U) MLA says he voted for Congress; party contradicts

Gujarat is witnessing a contest in the polls for the Rajya Sabha after a gap of about two decades as four candidates are contesting for three seats, two of these held by the BJP, which is keen to remove the Congress from the third.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 8, 2017 6:44 pm
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Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls on Tuesday witnessed chaos and high drama before the counting process as the lone JD(U) MLA from the state, Chhotu Vasava, said he has voted for Congress’ nominee Ahmed Patel even as his party claimed he has voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as advised.

Vasava, who represents the Jhagadia assembly seat in Bharuch district, said he has voted for Patel in the high-stakes election, alleging that the ruling BJP has done little for tribal people and the poor. “BJP has ruled the state for 22 years but has ignored the state’s tribal areas, which remain undeveloped as the government has done nothing for the poor and tribal population,” the legislator from the Scheduled Tribe reserved seat told news agency PTI.

Vasava also stated that the decision to vote for the Congress nominee was solely his own and not that of the party which he represents. “Nitish Kumar (Bihar chief minister and JD(U) president) did not contact me over voting, and there was nothing like a whip issued by the party in this regard. The decision to vote for Patel was my own,” he said.

Interestingly, JD(U) national spokesperson said that the party president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had asked their Gujarat MLA to vote for BJP and that the legislator has voted for the saffron party.

Gujarat is witnessing a contest in the polls for the Upper House after a gap of about two decades as four candidates are contesting for three seats> Two of these are held by the BJP, which is keen to dislodge the Congress from the third. BJP President Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Congress defector Balwantsinh Rajput are in the fray for the saffron party, while the Congress has fielded Ahmed Patel, who is seeking a fifth term in the Upper House.

With inputs from PTI, ANI

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  1. Al S
    Aug 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm
    The great party, instead on focussing on acchhe din and welfare of Indian citizens, is more focussed on targeting opposition parties by ensnaring their MLA's. At least, the one bestowed with 56 inch chest should attack, he should attack from front, not from the back.
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      RVKoranne
      Aug 8, 2017 at 11:46 pm
      Great drama.Should be shown live on all the t v channels.Adeafeat of Ahmed Patel is the END of dynastic congress.
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        Aadarsh
        Aug 8, 2017 at 11:01 pm
        Bjp thinks puri duniya unke baap ki hai. They hav been doing same tactics everywhere to win. They won UP by dominating on EVMs oderwise under no circumstances they could have got majority (atleast). If such malice has been caught. Great. Evidences should be given to news channels too- let them show it live.
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          Professor Asdok
          Aug 8, 2017 at 10:18 pm
          Let us not call horse trading. Horse is the most faithful and not like politicians. For the sake of money they can do anything. We shout and tell the world as Indian democracy is the biggest but we do not say shamelessly that we have several corrupt individuals in the political parties and govt. Look at Gujarat election of today. If all the three candidates for Rajya Sabha cannot be elected, stll the Government will function. So why make fuss. This is what a common man thinks. Why spend so much of money in elections? Let all the contenders take rest for some years-they might be tired of playing ubhealthy games. Professor A Deshpande PhD
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            harsh
            Aug 8, 2017 at 9:35 pm
            all this talk of ending the congress party ,,, this will never happen ,,, but if congress party ends ,, people dont realize what it means ,,, any democratic country without opposition will turn out to be despotic state ,,, it has happened throughout the history ,, and the end of opposition ends the democracy ,,, everywhere bjp is involved in getting power through any means posssible ,,, goa manipur bihar ,,, its power hunger knows no bounds ,,, dont become a single party state ,,, congress never did this in 60 years of its rule ,,,,
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