Amit Shah, Smriti Irani &
Ahmed Patel win Gujarat RS polls
14th Jan, 2017
National President Amit Shah, Union Minister for Textile and Information
and Broadcasting Smriti Irani and Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel have
won the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat. After much drama overnight in
the counting for the three Rajya Sabha seat, Amit Shah received 46 votes,
Smriti Irani also secured 46 votes while Ahmed Patel got 44 votes.
In a tweet, Union Minister Smriti Irani congratulated Amit Shah on being
elected from Rajya Sabha and also wished him on completing 3 years as BJP
President. Ms Irani also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other ground workers for instilling their
faith in her.
Congress leader Ahmed Patel succeeded to be re-elected in Rajya Sabha from
Gujarat for the fifth term. In his first reaction after the announcement
of the result, Ahmed Patel tweeted, Satyamev Jayate. He said, it is a
defeat of the most blatant use of money power, muscle power and abuse of
Earlier, counting of votes for 3 Rajya Sabha seats had been delayed for
hours following objections raised by Congress party against its two
dissidents MLAs. The Congress had approached the Election Commission
seeking to invalidate the votes of its two legislators who voted for the
BJP. Leaders of the ruling BJP also went to the Election Commission and
opposed the Congress claim.
However, Election Commission after reviewing the matter agreed with the
Congress complaint and directed the returning officer to start counting of
votes after segregate the ballot papers of two MLAs Raghavji Bhai Patel
and Bholabhai Gohil. Election Commission termed that the vote of this two
MLAs termed invalid for violation of law for showing their ballot papers
to the unauthorized persons.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said that his party, BJP, is not
happy with the decision of election commission and will take legal action.
Briefing the media persons at Gandhinagar after the announcement of
results, Mr. Rupani said that there is no evidence in support of congress
complaint for violation of rules. He said, that the Congress candidate
Ahmed Patel has won by a thin margin of only half votes despite Congress
had 57 MLAs in the house. Mr. Rupani said, that two votes rejected by
Election Commission were also in favour of BJP and its third candidate
Balwantsinh Rajput could have won by the margin of one and half votes.
Criticizing the congress leadership, he said, that Congress is a sinking
ship in Gujarat. Mr. Rupani claimed that though Congress had won the one
seat of Rajya Sabha on the basis of false complaint, its defeat in coming
assembly elections is certain.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated BJP President
Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani on getting elected to the Rajya
Sabha from Gujarat.
Mr Modi also congratulated Mr Shah on completing three years as BJP
President. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, during the Presidency of Mr Shah BJP
has expanded its base in several areas and diligently worked towards