Congress filed complaint of cross-voting with Returning Officer: Ahmed Patel

Geneva Matthews
August 9, 2017

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.

This is no respite for Patel as there is also a possibility that cross-voting might have happened and it is not an act that can lead to disqualification of votes.

Rajput was the Congress Chief Whip in the assembly and was named BJP candidate soon after resigning from the party in July.

The BJP exudes confidence, borne out of the fact that two seats are a safe bet and it has succeeded in taking the battle into the rival camp by targeting Congress strategist Ahmed Patel.

"Four-five more MLAs from the 44 that the Congress is banking upon are also not going to vote for the party", claimed Vaghela. They will head straight to the State capital on Tuesday to cast their votes for the Rajya Sabha election.

Ahmed Patel, who today met Congress MLAs after they returned from their Bengaluru sojourn, said he was confident of his victory.

When the 44 MLAs alighted from a bus that brought them to Swarnim Sankul Complex in Gandhinagar, Gujarat BJP President Jitubhai Vaghela and other leaders welcomed them. Congress will see a comfortable win on Tuesday. I tried to explain a lot to the Congress party before the elections, they didn't listen, following which I left the party.

Two MLAs so far have voted for BJP despite being Congress MLAs. NCP has two and JD (U) has one MLA in the house. So numbers will not be a problem.

The Congress is also fighting against the None Of The Above (NOTA) provision in the polls apprehending turncoats in its own fold. The Congress party said that two of its legislators had publicly declared their vote, which is why their votes need to be cancelled.

"There is no way we will make an alliance with the BJP. We have pleaded so many times to listen to the grievances of the MLAs but it is unfortunate that they did not listen". "So, we had to take this drastic step and move the MLAs out of the threatening situation", he said.

While Irani and Shah are expected to sail through, the BJP will have to manage extra votes to enable Rajput beat Ahmed Patel. 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. The main tension builds between Balwant Singh and Ahmed Patel. "He doesn't stand a chance, won't even cross 40".

Congress MLA Dharmendra Jadeja stated that the Congress party hasn't been tuning in to their pioneers for a year and henceforth he voted in favor of BJP. And this will get to know when they will come after polling. However, the apex court refused to stay the option. Subsequently, the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad has sought to clarify that the Gujarat poll was like any other election and therefore to link it to the Congress president would be both unfair and inaccurate.

The counting of votes was scheduled to start at 5 pm.

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