Shankersinh Vaghela says Election Commission shouldn’t have ‘interfered’ in Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls

Former Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela slammed the party for 'conspiring' to win one seat in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections. He claimed the party planned to get the votes of two MLAs disqualified in order to secure a position for Ahmed Patel in the Upper House.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 10, 2017 2:48 pm
Shankersinh Vaghela, Congress, Gujarat Rajya Sabha Elections, Ahmed Patel Former Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela (Express File Photo)

Former Congress veteran Shankersinh Vaghela slammed the party on Thursday for “conspiring” to win one seat in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections. Vaghela, who quit from all party posts last month, claimed it was the party’s plan to get the votes of two MLAs disqualified in order to secure a berth for Ahmed Patel in the Upper House. He added the Election Commission should not have interfered in the polls, as the Returning Officer (RO) had the right to end the dispute between the parties, reported news agency ANI.

“It was a conspiracy by the Congress, they had planned everything well in advance,” Vaghela was quoted as saying by ANI. “The EC had no role in this, they should not have interfered. The RO had the right to decide,” he added.

After voting in the polls, Vaghela had told reporters that he voted for BJP’s candidate as the Congress “wasn’t going to win”. However, on Thursday, he said, “Ashok Gehlot said I was acting under CBI pressure, I told him I won’t vote for Ahmed Patel till he apologises for this comment.” Gehlot had said Vaghela resigned under pressure from the government after the ED and the CBI had searched his premises. Read more here.

A dramatic turn of events on the election night on August 8 had led to the disqualification of two Congress MLAs, Bhola Bhai Gohil and Raghav Bhai Patel, for violating the polling procedures. They were accused of having shown their ballot papers to BJP president Amit Shah. The Congress’ petition was first rejected by the RO, but after the intervention of the EC in New Delhi, the MLAs were found guilty. The disqualifications helped Patel secure enough votes to get elected for a fifth term in the Rajya Sabha. Apart from him, BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minsiter Smriti Irani were also elected to the House.

Read: Ahmed Patel wins Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat: All that happened. Click here.

Vaghela on Thursday also congratulated Patel for his win. “I congratulate Ahmed Bhai, acche sober aadmi hain, inka hisaab Dilli wale karna chahte the lekin ye jeet gaye,” he said, reported ANI.

(With inputs from agencies)

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    drharun
    Aug 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    Vagehla should crucify these 2 MLA"s who were eager to prove their loyalty towards BJP and eventually ended up breaking the rules and having the votes disqualified.Shah should be fuming given the stupidity of these 2 jokers.The EC just followed the precedence which was set in Haryana and Video evidence was crucial in making the 2 votes invalid.Given the kind of statements coming,the EC withstood enormous pressure to uphold law.
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      Ravi
      Aug 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm
      The two MLAs showed their ballot papers to gazing eyes of Amit Shah to ensure that Amit Shah realizes his bribing of crores of black money is not going down the drain.
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      Ivan
      Aug 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm
      Overall the BJP got 31 per cent in 2014, and got a lopsided margin in Parliament because of the parliamentary system. The economy is what decides elections. People can see that the BJP is just a lot of talk. The economy will be in the dolrums in the runup to 2019. It will be BJP mukht then, and good riddance to the cow belt clowns.
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        Rohit
        Aug 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm
        Breaking News : Modi invided for dinner by new Pakistan PM.
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          KK
          Aug 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm
          This time what ? No biriyani diplomacy. It will be Dokhla diplomacy this time.
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          bhakt
          Aug 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm
          One thing for sure is that congress will not go below 44 seats in 2019 elections. The congress mukt bharat slogan by the Modi bhakts are not going to work for BJP because many people had given a test vote to Modi in 2014 thinking that Modi will transform their lives and were imagining living in some kind of a Paradise. Truth speaks for itself on the ground inside and outside our borders. BJP will have a very tough time this 2019 elections. More over all this negative remarks amde by BJP about the opposition leaders in particular for the Congress leaders will further add to Modi's immature approach towards a democratic thinking.
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            Patidar
            Aug 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm
            Two Congress MLAS showed ballot papers to Congress handler Shaktisinh Gohil which showed both the MLAs voted for BJP. Afraid of the potential outcome, Congress stalled the voting process and demanded to nullify the two votes. There is no foul play in this incident by BJP. BJP is not a dog that will fight over a bone with Congress. Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee has all tainted and corrupt persons like Kirit Patel, Arjun and Shakti, In Congress rule, there were only two days, and Saurashtra and Kutch were drought striken areas, no GIDC. Whatever development is there in Gujarat, it is because of BJP. People from whole of India work in Gujarat from Kandla port to Umargaon.
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              Abrar
              Aug 10, 2017 at 3:56 pm
              abe bhakt... have some knowledge then bark..... congress had 57 MLAs and out of those 13 purchased by BJP, in words they got 13 dogs but once a slave is always a slave, two of them showed their votes to master just to confirm their booty and that was taken by congress and election commission.... satya mev jayate
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              Sivarajan
              Aug 10, 2017 at 3:19 pm
              Power Corrupts. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely. If BJP can arm-twist using CBI a senior person like Vaghela to speak like this - do you even think a common man can oppose BJP/RSS. Worst thing, we donot have an opposition at all these days - BJP has had a free ride. Its up to them to make mistakes and fall later. For now, its Achche Dinn for all saffron guys. Long Live Democracy.
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                Sivarajan
                Aug 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm
                Most of his statements had to be told by someone against BJP - he is just using dump statements against others. BJP planned, conspired, used CBI to arm twist, engineered defections using money power, were arrogant about their victory, and at last - those two bafoons could not play by script and the whole drama fell flat.
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                  Joykutty Cherian
                  Aug 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm
                  “It was a conspiracy by the Congress, they had planned everything well in advance,” Vaghela was quoted as saying by ANI. “The EC had no role in this, they should not have interfered. The RO had the right to decide,” he added. Unquote: Cry more, Keep on cry Vaghela ji... BJP has planned all the drama months back. Making you and other MLAs resigning from Congres was only a rehearsal of the drama. You think you can fool entire Indians just because you love to do a gharwapasi...?
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