Gujarat RS elections: Congress’ win casts shadow over Amit Shah’s entry into Rajya Sabha

BJP leaders admitted to embarrassment caused due to the raised stakes in the election and the drama at the Election Commission of India, where over half-a-dozen Union Ministers descended on Tuesday thrice to argue the party’s case.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 9:29 am
Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, Amit Shah Rajya Sabha elections, Amit Shah, BJP President Amit Shah, Ahmad Patel Congress, Ahmad Patel, Amit Shah Rajya Sabha, Gujarat News, India News, Indian Express News BJP national president Amit Shah at a felicitation function in Koba near Gandhinagar on Wednesday after his victory in Rajyasabha election.

Congress veteran Ahmed Patel’s victory in the Rajya Sabha election may not alter any equations within the BJP or lead to any re-alignments, but it has cast a shadow on the party chief Amit Shah’s entry into Parliament. BJP leaders admitted to embarrassment caused due to the raised stakes in the election and the drama at the Election Commission of India, where over half-a-dozen Union Ministers descended on Tuesday thrice to argue the party’s case.

“There was no need of making this Rajya Sabha election such a big issue. You should not have raised the pitch when you were uncertain over its ending,” said a BJP leader. He said that the party was expected to contest two seats in Gujarat and win them. “But we took the burden of winning the third seat for an outsider,” the leader said referring to Shankarsinh Vaghela who quit the Congress last month. He said that the party decided to fight Vaghela’s battle against Patel without thinking about consequences.

On Wednesday, the BJP put up a brave face saying that Balwantsinh Patel’s loss to Ahmed Patel did not embarrass the party. “It is neither a shock nor an embarrassment. This is a Pyrrhic victory for the Congress as the seat was won by default not by real numbers,’’ said BJP spokesman G V L Narasimha Rao. “By frantically managing a win in the Rajya Sabha polls, the Congress created disaffection among its ranks and fissures will be available as the state goes to polls.” A party MP from Gujarat was more optimistic. “In a way, it is good for the party. Three victories could have made party cadre overconfident ahead of assembly elections.’’

Incidentally, the party was left red-faced on the eve of completion of Shah’s three-year term as BJP chief. The BJP had been exuding confidence of winning the three seats. It had earlier tried to push the envelope by fielding extra candidates without adequate numbers in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and in Uttarakhand but failed.

In July last year, the party won two Rajya Sabha seats in Jharkhand defeating a united Opposition with the help of some cross-voting. In Gujarat, the stakes were high right from the nomination. The BJP attacked the Congress for apathy towards the state’s flood-hit people when it moved 44 MLAs to Bengaluru to avoid their possible poaching ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls.

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    Congreess The
    Aug 10, 2017 at 11:24 am
    I found how media is surprisingly not probing the fact, what Ahmed Patel Does. The Madhu Koda affair and Hassan Ali episode exposed it. Well media is not questioning how much the rebel BJP leader who voted for Ahmed Patel was paid!Patel won on this single vote. There was another JD(U) guy too, who was given some sop by Congress. Now why Congress was so desperate to bring this Muslim leader from Gujarat, without any local base...is obvious, he does all shady deals for Sonia and the group and needed the shield of a Rajya Sabha MP.
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      module
      Aug 10, 2017 at 9:36 am
      In last five decades, I never seen, just for a RS seat, PM, party President, all top Ministers came and wanted to rescue the party candidates. India is facing so bad days that, a majority ruling party is doing only politics and wants to capture more territory with power to discharge nothing. Congress not all bother to check them. There are several issues like, at a time when international oil price was USD 130/- per barrel, our price was 70 to 80 rupees per liter. Now international oil price fallen to USD 43/-, almost 75per cent, then also our price is still between 65 to 75 rupees. Means our oil company, State and central govt looting us by earning more than 25 lakh cores and because of this all fares i.e. trucks, buses, taxis, auto, rail, flight everything gone high and this BJP govt enjoying with high returns and taxes. Why no one talking about that ??
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        Amit
        Aug 10, 2017 at 8:45 am
        It cast a shadow on Ahmed Patel not on Amit Shah who made Ahmed mia virtually cry beg the JD(U) if not for the EC's intervention in support of Congress, Ahmed would have surely lost. Good job Amit Shah
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          Congress The Corrupt
          Aug 10, 2017 at 8:19 am
          Well media is not questioning how much the rebel BJP leader who voted for Ahmed Patel was paid!Patel won on this single vote. There was another JD(U) guy too, who was given some sop by Congress. Now why Congress was so desperate to bring this Muslim leader from Gujarat, without any local base...is obvious, he does all shady deals for Sonia and the group and needed the shield of a Rajya Sabha MP.
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            Ganesh
            Aug 10, 2017 at 10:22 am
            You bhakts conveniently forgot th BJP poaching of CONG MLAs. Not only in this state just see the past records.Their policy of BUY or BREAK was very successful in north eastern and in TN .
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