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Ahmed Patel polled 44 votes, wins Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat
Posted on: 09-08-2017 , 12:30:PM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: India Today

August 9, 2017: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel was reelected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat along with BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani. Patel polled 44 votes, the required number to cross the line after the Election Commission declared two votes cast by rebel Congress legislators invalid.

Amit Shah and Smriti Irani received 46 votes each. On the other hand, Congress turncoat Balwantsinh Rajput registered only 38 votes.

As per schedule, polling was conducted between 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, with 176 out of 182 members casting their votes.

The congress filed two applications for the rejection of votes tendered by two MLAs, BHola Bhai Gohil and Raghav Bhai Patel, for violating the polling procedures. Congress claimed that the MLAs had shown their ballot papers to Amit Shah.

The petition was first rejected by the Returning Officer. There is no confirmation from the BJP yet over whether they will approach the courts over the Election Commission’s decision to disallow two votes.

After Ahmed Patel’s victory, Congress President Sonia Gandhi says the she is very happy and also thanked to the Election Commission. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says the defeat is a lesson for the BJP and they are free to approach any court.


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