Following the resignation of six Congress MLAs, the 182-member Gujarat assembly stood at a combined strength of 176. However, there was substance in the Congress charge that the raids were ordered right at the time when Minister D K Shivakumar, who is a wealthy businessman, was hosting the 44 party MLAs from Gujarat.
Consequently, it said if a marked ballot paper by an elector is shown to or be seen by anyone other than the authorised representative, which may violate the secrecy of vote, has to be rejected by the returning officer by recourse to rules. Patel beat Balwantsinh Rajput'till recently the party's chief whip in the state Assembly before defecting to BJP'polling 44 votes'in the first RS polls in Gujarat in two decades. Money had changed hands and the BJP made all efforts to buy our MLAs'.
But the party's turnaround will take a lot more than a Rajya Sabha victory, no matter how high profile the candidate and how bitterly it was fought - and won. The EC order made Ahmed Patel's victory possible. "But Gujarat proved this kind of authority won't work", he said while talking to reporters after the EC decision.
'If required we will take legal action, ' he said.
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"They want to remove names of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and all other Congress leaders like Indira Gandhi etc. from history books".
"Truth has emerged victorious in spite of BJP using all the power". He declared that Patel will lose the election and not even win 40 votes in the current election.
BJP president Amit Shah walking into the Rajya Sabha and Patel walking out would have had its own message: an unstoppable BJP on the ascent and the sun setting on the Congress empire.
Noted Constitution expert Subhash Kashyap saw nothing but political drama in the entire episode. But the two Congress MLAs, Bhola Bhai Gohil and Raghavji Bhai Patel, did not show their ballot paper to the party's authorized representative but to someone else.
Earlier, the Election Commission of India late in the night Tuesday declared invalid the votes cast by two Congress MLAs, The decision followed after a series of meetings the commission had with the Congress and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders. "At the behest of those leaders, Ashok Gehlot (AICC general secretary in charge of Gujarat) remarked that I was under the pressure of BJP, CBI and ED".
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