Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Cong approaches ECI, demands quashing of two MLAs' votes

A cleanup operation in progress in Dhanera town A cleanup operation in progress in Dhanera town
Erik Tate | 09 August, 2017, 00:24

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to strengthen the party's base at the grassroots level, BJP national President Amit Shah will pay a three-day visit to Odisha in September, party Pravari Arun Singh announced here today.

The usually quiet polls for the upper chamber of Parliament turned acrimonious and chaotic after the Congress approached the Election Commission demanding cancellation of the votes of Gohil and Patel for having shown the ballots to people other than the party's authorised representatives. The 44 Congress MLAs remained holed up at the resort and celebrated Raksha Bandhan with their family members there. Of the 57 party legislators in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, six quit the party on July 26 and three of them joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on July 28. Jayant Patel of NCP says that he has voted for Congress as per the direction issued by the party leadership. Chidambaram told reporters after the meeting, "The law is very clear".

"There is no question of any offer", he said and added that BJP leaders were not in touch with him. If Patel loses, it would be seen as the defeat of Sonia Gandhi, whose reliance on her political secretary is well known, and also a cause of disenchantment among a large section of party cadres and leaders who have been marginalised by Patel.

Election to three Rajya Sabha seats will be held tomorrow, in which Patel is pitched against BJP candidates including party chief Amit Shah, union minister Smriti Irani and former Congress party chief whip Balwantsinh Rajput who recently joined BJP.

The BJP leaders made a dash to the EC once again, claiming that the top Congress leaders were pressurising the poll authority. Notwithstanding this defence, these votes were voices of dissent.

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Patel met the Congress MLAs at Neejanand Resort near Anand town on Monday evening after which he said that he was confident of a win in the Rajya Sabha polls.

The 67-year-old politician is the political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and was credited with playing a major role in the party's victory in the 2004 and 2009 General Elections.

JD (U) leader Chotubhai Vasava voted for Ahmed Patel. "If I'm not with Congress, you know where will I be", Congress MLA Raghavji Patel said after casting his vote for BJP. One of the two MLAs of the NCP voted for the Congress while the other opted for the BJP candidate. Meanwhile, the Congress too covered some ground and the difference in its vote share vis-a vis the BJP was just around eight percent. With the little time it has, the Congress has to think out of the box, go back to the electorate and bring out of the churn, new faces to fight and new strategies to win.

THE Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat slated for Tuesday has become a high-stake battle for the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress. NCP has two and JD (U) has one MLA in the house. This would mean a contestant has to muster 45 votes.

According to Election Commission officials, a candidate would require one-fourth of the total number of votes plus one to get elected.

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