Amit Shah holds meeting with BJP leaders in Ahmedabad, two days before Rajya Sabha polls

Ahmedabad: Ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls, BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday held a meeting with the party leaders in Gujarat, including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, at his residence in Ahmedabad.

File image of BJP president Amit Shah. CNN-News18

File image of BJP president Amit Shah. CNN-News18

State BJP president Jitubhai Vaghani, party's state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav and Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja and other leaders met Shah in the morning for the Rajya Sabha elections of 8 August, party sources said.

According to the state party unit, Shah, who arrived in Ahmedabad late Saturday night, would stay in the city till the completion of the Rajya Sabha polls, in which, he is one of the four contestants from the state.

The BJP has maintained that Shah is in the city to celebrate Raksha Bandhan and has no official engagements.

However, party sources said the party chief discussed various issues regarding the polls with the leaders in Sunday's meeting.

They added that it is expected that similar rounds of meetings would continue on Monday.

For the three Rajya seats falling vacant in Gujarat, the BJP has fielded Shah, Union minister and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Smriti Irani and former Congress MLA Balwantsinh Rajput, who had joined the saffron party a week ago.

Of the total 11 Rajya Sabha members from Gujarat, the term of three — Smriti Irani and Dilipbhai Pandya (both BJP), and Congress' Ahmed Patel — is ending on 18 August.

Patel has been re-nominated as the party's candidate for the 8 August Rajya Sabha election.

The polls have became crucial for both the parties as new equations are emerging every day after the dramatic exit of Gujarat Congress strongman Shankersinh Vaghela from the party followed by the resignation of six of the party's MLAs.

With this, the Congress tally has reduced to 51 in the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly.

While the Congress claimed to have the support of 44 Congress MLAs, who were shifted to Bengaluru a week ago, seven others, who are still in Ahmedabad, have not opened their cards yet.

Updated Date: Aug 06, 2017 17:43 PM

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