Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls: Congress's fate depends on NCP legislators

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"Even legislators now with Congress will not vote for him", said Vaghela.

Shah is marking three years as the party chief by entering into the Rajya Sabha with an aim to help achieve better coordination with the Parliamentarians. The elections are significant due to the high-profile candidates involved - BJP president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel. The third BJP candidate, Rajput, will get 34 BJP votes and is banking on cross-voting from the Congress ranks for the remaining 10 votes.

The other Congress leader Jadeja said that he voted for BJP as Congress was not paying heed to them.

The polls for three Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat have turned dramatic in an unprecedented way.

The Congress, which has 51 MLAs (Members of Legislative Assembly), needs the support of 45 legislators for Ahmed Patel to win.

Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and R.P.N. Singh met the commission officials and demanded that votes of Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavjibhai Patel be cancelled as per law since they violated the "secrecy of ballot".

"Out of our 44 MLAs we accept that one of them has cross-voted, but one of National Congress Party and one of Janata Dal United or JDU has given us support", he claimed".

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"It is not by any means beyond any doubt that all the 44 MLAs of the Congress will vote in favor of a similar individual, they may likewise do cross voting".

As per ANI, Srivastava was sacked from his post for writing to the Returning Officer of Gujarat Assembly appointing an election agent for the crucial Rajya Sabha election there. On Monday, Ramesh said the party was facing an "existential crisis", pitching for "a collective effort" by party leaders to "overcome" the challenges it faced from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. Other than Congress Patel is counting on votes from 2 legislators from Sharad Pawar's NCP. Meanwhile, for the third seat, it is still short of 14 votes which seems like an uphill task in the current political scenario in the state.

In a political battle between the two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Opposition Congress, Gujarat is witnessing one of the most awaited Rajya Sabha election. That's why there is no chance of the Congress Party winning this seat. Union power minister Piyush Goyal argued: "If neither they nor election observers objected to it when votes were cast, then their validity can not be questioned now".

Going by the events unfolding at Gandhinagar during the Rajya Sabha elections the Congress saw its déjà vu moment on Tuesday with at least eight of its MLAs having cross voted in the Rajya Sabha elections which included Shankersinh Vaghela who announced his exit from Congress last month but made a decision to use his vote to make a point to the party he lived with, in various positions of power, for 18 years.

Six Congress MLAs have already resigned while another six were not a part of the group that was shepherded to Bengaluru by the Patel camp. Had it listened to the state unit earlier, we would have never come to this, ' Mahendrasinh told Mail Today.

The Rajya Sabha elections have yet again exposed the fault lines within the Congress leadership in the state which goes to elections in 2018. I want to stay in politics but not in Congress. BJP leaders said that the Congress party is unnecessarily creating an issue since it has lost its confidence in getting its top leader Ahmed Patel re-elected to the Rajya Sabha.

Each of the four candidates contesting the elections in Gujarat has to win 45 first preference votes.

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