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Praful Patel suggested that I vote BJP in Rajya Sabha polls: Chhotubhai Vasava

Vasava said he received no further calls from Praful Patel after polling was completed. Praful Patel was not available for comment despite repeated attempts by The Indian Express.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: August 19, 2017 7:38 am
Chhotubhai Vasava,gujarat jd(u) mla, rajya sabha polls, Praful Patel, NCP leader Praful Patel,JD(U)-NCP alliance, gujarat rajya sabha polls, india news Vasava said, “Praful Patel called me on August 7 and said I should keep in mind the JD(U)-NCP alliance for Gujarat (assembly elections later this year), when casting my vote for the Rajya Sabha elections on August 8.”

Chhotubhai Vasava, the lone JD(U) MLA in Gujarat and the party’s state president, has alleged that NCP leader Praful Patel called him on August 7 to suggest that he vote for the BJP in the Rajya Sabha elections the next day. The bitterly fought elections ended with Congress leader and Sonia Gandhi’s aide Ahmed Patel scraping through with 44 votes to become the third candidate to be elected from Gujarat after BJP’s Amit Shah and Smriti Irani.

Speaking to The Indian Express on Friday, Vasava said, “Praful Patel called me on August 7 and said I should keep in mind the JD(U)-NCP alliance for Gujarat (assembly elections later this year), when casting my vote for the Rajya Sabha elections on August 8.”

Asked if Patel asked him specifically to vote for the BJP, Vasava said, “Patel’s use of language meant that I should vote for the BJP. He wanted to pull me towards the BJP. His clear indication was that I should support the BJP… But I told him frankly that I don’t approve of the Nitish Kumar-K C Tyagi-NCP alliance because Nitish has surrendered to the BJP. And hence, there is no ground for me to vote for BJP.”

Vasava said he received no further calls from Praful Patel after polling was completed. Praful Patel was not available for comment despite repeated attempts by The Indian Express.

The NCP and JD(U) had announced a tie-up in April for the assembly elections. For the Rajya Sabha polls, Vasava had announced in advance that he would vote for Ahmed Patel. In the end, with the two NCP votes going in favour of the BJP, Vasava’s vote proved crucial in Patel reaching the winning mark of 44, with 43 Congress votes. Vasava is an MLA from Jhagadia, which is in Ahmed Patel’s home district of Bharuch.

Elaborating on his reasons for not supporting the BJP, Vasava said he was “ideologically against” the ruling party. “Had I voted for the BJP, it would have resulted in the defeat of Ahmed Patel. It would have converted the political atmosphere in favour of BJP, not only in Gujarat but also in the entire country. But I restricted the march of BJP by voting for the Congress,” said Vasava.

“The BJP’s political aircraft was flying continuously… I forced it to land in Gujarat. It was like (RJD leader) Lalu Prasad who stopped L K Advani’s Rath Yatra in Bihar in 1990,” he said.

“I have taken a vow to end the rule of BJP in the country, and it will begin from Gujarat. I am going to have an electoral alliance with the Congress in the assembly elections and I will campaign in the entire tribal belt to ensure the defeat of the BJP,” said Vasava.

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    THATHAMAN
    Aug 19, 2017 at 11:39 am
    SHARAD PAWAR WILL ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT FROM POLITICS. PRAFUL AND SULE WILL JOIN NADA. ALL NCP CORRUPTION CASES WILL BE SWEPT UNDER CARPET. WILL ANY BHAKTH READY TO BET?
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      SubbuI
      Aug 19, 2017 at 11:51 am
      Besharam ki aulaad lok Vomit shah ka goo KAYEGA,. KUTHE AUR KAMINE LOG DOOP MARO ASSAM ME JAAKAR
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        INDIAN
        Aug 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm
        Kuch tho sharan karo. praful KUTHE theri MAA. Behan and Beti ko Vomit shah is pas bhejo. Thu Bach JAYAGA. A MOUTH FULL OF TB PATIENT SPIT ON YOUR FACE. CHI-CHI
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      Swamy
      Aug 19, 2017 at 11:31 am
      Praful's Master is well known and recognised back stabber.NCP does not have any ideology accept penny and power.Secretly Praful realesd whip to His MLA's to vote for corrupt BJP , on Media acted as supporter of Secular alliance.What a Joker?
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      1. Sunil Vadehra
        Aug 19, 2017 at 10:57 am
        Does it have any connection with aircraft acquisition case of Air India? There was some mention some time back, of enquiry into that case.
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          TIHAEwale
          Aug 19, 2017 at 10:44 am
          Praful Patel the money bag of born back stabber Sharad cannot act against Sharad so no surprise of his suggesting Vasava to vote for BJP
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            P.C.Kulkarni
            Aug 19, 2017 at 10:31 am
            Glad to know that there is still some ethics remaining in politics.The reason of Praful Patel supporting BJP is obvious.
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