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Gujarat Rajya Sabha Election Result highlights: Ahmed Patel clinches victory; Amit Shah, Smriti Irani also win

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Gujarat Rajya Sabha Election Result highlights: Ahmed Patel clinches victory; Amit Shah, Smriti Irani also win
  • 02:17 (IST)

    I fought as an individual, not as Sonia Gandhi's secretary

    Ahmed Patel says, "I contested as a candidate, not Sonia Gandhi's secretary. My victory will boost the morale of party workers ahead of Assembly elections later this year. I wish they hadn't fought the elections like they did. It seemed like there was a witch-hunt against me."

  • 02:14 (IST)

    Youth Congress lauds Ahmed Patel for clinching fifth Rajya Sabha term

  • 02:08 (IST)

    Vijay Rupani congratulates Smriti Irani for clinching Rajya Sabha seat

  • 02:06 (IST)

    People of Gujarat will give BJP a befitting reply, says Ahmed Patel

  • 02:02 (IST)

    'Treachery and misuse of power have been defeated'

  • 02:02 (IST)

    'Money, muscle and manipulation not enough'

  • 01:59 (IST)

    Congress happy with victory, but says will look to set right 'reduced margin'

    Congress' Renuka Chaudhary says, "We will look into the reduced margin of victory and will see how to set things right, but we have won."

  • 01:58 (IST)

    Ahmed Patel tweets, says he won despite 'unprecedented intimiditation'

  • 01:56 (IST)

    Ahmed Patel, Amit Shah and Smriti Irani the victors

  • 01:52 (IST)

    Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Ahmed Patel are three winners from Gujarat

    Gujarat Congress leader Shailesh Parmar, who was in the counting room with Election Commission officers, has declared results of the Rajya Sabha polls, saying BJP president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani, and Ahmed Patel have all been elected.

  • 01:47 (IST)

    Ahmed Patel wins fifth straight Rajya Sabha seat

  • 01:44 (IST)

    Congress claims Ahmed Patel has clinched victory with 44 votes

  • 01:29 (IST)

    Counting to begin shortly, reports ANI

  • 01:00 (IST)

    Randeep Surjewala hails EC decision 

  • 00:40 (IST)

    BJP's Nalin Kotadita cross votes

    BJP MLA Nalin Kotadita admits to cross voting in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls on social media

  • 00:32 (IST)

    History will remember that a law minister went to EC to protest as a BJP representative: Gaurav Gogoi, Congress

  • 00:30 (IST)

    Election Commission of India's order on Gujarat Rajya Sabha Polls

  • 00:20 (IST)

    Gujarat and EC proved authority don't work all the time: Bharatsinh Solanki, Gujarat Congress president

  • 00:08 (IST)

    Ahmed Patel confident of victory

    Congress candidate Ahmed Patel has spoken to the media after the Election Commission gave him a breather by disqualifying two rebel Congress MLAs' votes, in which he has said he is confident of reaching the magic figure of 44 votes. "Appreciate the (EC's) decision. Quota will come down to 44. I am confident of getting it," he said.

  • 00:00 (IST)

    EC decision in Ahmed Patel's favour, counting of votes begins

    With the Election Commission having disqualified two votes, counting of all 176 MLAs' votes has begun in Gandhinagar.

  • 23:45 (IST)

    Ahmed Patel needs 44 votes to claim victory

    With two votes being disqualified, the magic number has gone down from 45 to 44. 

  • 23:44 (IST)

    A nail biting finish awaited

    Now that the Election Commission has declared the votes of the two Congress rebel MLAs as invalid, the returning officer in Gandhinagar will recount and declare results. But the question is: Does Ahmed Patel have enough first preference votes to win even now? Or did more Congress MLAs ditch the party? A nail biting finish is awaited.

  • 23:44 (IST)

    A nail biting finish awaited

    Now that the Election Commission has declared the votes of the two Congress rebel MLAs as invalid, the returning officer in Gandhinagar will recount and declare results. But the question is: Does Ahmed Patel have enough first preference votes to win even now? Or did more Congress MLAs ditch the party? A nail biting finish is awaited.

  • 23:40 (IST)

    BJP's efforts have failed, Ahmed Patel will win: Congress

    Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi says BJP's attempts to win "by hook or by crook" have failed, and said he is confident the disqualification of two rebel MLAs will ensure party candidate Ahmed Patel will get his victory.

  • 23:36 (IST)

    Election Commission declares two rebel Congress MLAs' votes as 'invalid'

    The Election Commission has given a breather to the Congress, saying the two rebel MLAs' votes will be considered "invalid", since they displayed their voting choice to BJP party president Amit Shah.

  • 23:34 (IST)

    Is Congress throws in the towel?

    With just minutes to go before the Election Commission announces its decision on resuming counting, is the Congress throwing in the towel? Is that what the statements of AK Antony and Ambika Soni indicate? Or is it a red-herring? We will know before midnight hopefully.

  • 23:24 (IST)

    BJP 'weakening democracy', says Congress' Ambika Soni
    Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni said the party has sufficient MLAs to elect its candidate, but accused BJP of "weakening democracy" with its actions. "If by bypassing anti-defection law, bypassing political morality and laws, they have a fourth candidate which is unusual. BJP is doing a lot of things that are weakening democracy. If BJP thinks they can get away by using their power or they have their habit of ham-handing, then we will not allow them. We will not allow the BJP to frighten us or browbeat us," the Congress leader said.

  • 23:20 (IST)

    Congress hits out at BJP over using 'money power' and 'money power'

    "It is the misuse of muscle power, money power and government machinery. To get just one seat, the entire might of central government, Gujarat government, BJP and RSS, their muscle power and money power, everything has been misused to subvert the elections," said senior Congress leader AK Antony.

  • 22:56 (IST)

    Amit Shah, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at the counting centre in Gandhinagar

  • 22:53 (IST)

    Election Commission to announce its decision at 11.30 pm

  • 22:44 (IST)

    JD(U) sacks Gujarat party secretary Arun Srivastava

    JD(U) leader KC Tyagi confirms the party's Gujarat party secretary Arun Srivastava has been fired after its leader Chhotubhai Vasava voted for Congress' Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha polls.

  • 22:34 (IST)

    BJP wants to 'supress truth', says Congress' Randeep Surjewala

  • 22:26 (IST)

    A decision is to be conveyed "anytime soon"

    Election Commission sources have reportedly said they have examined the evidence which was offered and a decision on whether or not two rebel Congress MLAs' votes will be counted will be taken "very soon".

  • 22:11 (IST)

    EC officials did not meet Congress & BJP delegations for the third time | CNN-News18

  • 22:06 (IST)

    EC to announce results of Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls soon | TIMES NOW

  • 21:34 (IST)

    Congress cannot pressure EC, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

  • 21:27 (IST)

    Minutes after a third delegation from Congress met EC, BJP sends another delegation of its own

  • 21:25 (IST)

    Congress may send a third delegation to meet Election Commission

    After two delegations comprising senior party leaders met the Election Commission, the Congress is reportedly readying a third delegation to meet the EC.

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Senior Election Commission officers hold high-powered meeting

    After delegations from Congress and BJP presented their cases before the Election Commission, the EC is holding an empowered meeting in New Delhi to debate what the future course of action will be. The returning officer has reportedly sent in his recommendations to the EC, and the officers will decide whether to uphold these or not.

  • 21:09 (IST)

    The precedence cited by Congress is incorrect: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad denied the Congress' accusations that votes of 11 of its MLAs were rejected in Haryana in June 2016, and this should be used as precedence in this case. "The Congress MLAs' votes were rejected in 2016 because they used a different colour pen. That cannot be used as a precedence because the issues were completely different," he said.

  • 20:52 (IST)

    BJP, Congress both send high-powered delegations to meet EC

    High-ranking leaders of both BJP and the Congress are meeting Election Commission officers, with the former urging them to start counting of votes at the earliest, while the latter is insisting two MLAs' votes be disqualified.

  • 20:44 (IST)

    Why didn't Congress raise objections earlier, demands BJP

    The votes were polled in the morning, so why did Congress wait so long to raise their objections? We have met the Election Commission and requested them to start counting of votes at the earliest.

  • 20:38 (IST)

    Why disqualification of two votes may not be enough to save Ahmed Patel

    In case the two votes are cancelled, the total number of votes will come down to 174 from 176. Six MLAs of the Congress have already resigned from the House and have joined the BJP in the House of 182. This is no respite for Patel as there is also a possibility that cross-voting might have happened and it is not an act that can lead to disqualification of votes. Also, there is another worry of rejection of votes if proper voting norms were not followed.

    Patel, who is literally living on the edge, as far as this poll is concerned, has probably emptied out all the aces up his sleeve.

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  • 20:30 (IST)

    EC must follow precedence and reject BJP's ballot papers

    "EC must reject two ballot papers. On 11 June 2016, our MLAs in Haryana were rejected from voting because they revealed their voting preferences. They need to follow precedence and reject two votes that went in BJP's favour. The BJP is trying to play foul to win from Gujarat, which the Election Commission should reject," said Congress leader Randeep Surjewala.

  • 20:03 (IST)

    BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad calls Congress' allegations 'baseless'

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Ravi Shankar Prasad requested EC to reject Congress' plea

  • 19:39 (IST)

    Congress did not protest in the morning: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Congress is levelling baseless allegations and they did not protest about it in the morning. Countering Prasad, Ahmed Patel said that the complaint was filed immediately but the Returning Officer did not do anything.

  • 19:37 (IST)

    After Congress' demand, BJP asks for disqualification of Mitesh Garasiya

    BJP delegation, who moved the Election Election following Congress' allegations, wants Congress MLA Mitesh Garasiya to be disqualified because he waved his ballot paper as well.


Latest update: Voting for Gujarat Rajya Sabha poll closes early as all 176 MLAs have cast their votes


Speaking to CNN-News 18, Chotubhai Vasava confirmed that he cast his voted for Ahmed Patel claiming that the country is being run by cronies and capitalists and he would not back them. His support will all that count for Patel as this undeclared support is expected to fetch him the magic score of 45, despite one of the 44 Congress MLA cross-voting.


Suspense mounted over the fate of Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, seeking a fifth term in the Rajya Sabha, with the BJP going all out to stymie his efforts in the biennial elections on Tuesday.

The 44 Congress MLAs, who were flown to Bengaluru to prevent "poaching" by the BJP, returned to the state on Monday.

They were moved to the Nijanand Resort near Anand. Their family members visited the resort for the Raksha Bandhan festival.

File image of Ahmed Patel. PTI

File image of Ahmed Patel. PTI

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. Of the remaining 51 MLAs, seven, including Shankersinh Vaghela, did not join those who were flown to Bengaluru.

Patel, who needs 45 first preference votes in a House with an effective strength of 176 MLAs, expressed confidence that he will win the election with the support of 44 party MLAs, and the backing of two NCP and a lone JD-U member.

"I have spoken to Sharad Pawarji and he has promised all help to the Congress. They have even issued a whip. As for Vaghela, he has himself promised that he will vote for me and I believe he will keep his word," he said.

Asked about allegations of surveillance on him and Congress MLAs by the ruling BJP, he said: "I don't know why I am targeted like this. This is an example of a banana republic.

"I have full confidence in my victory tomorrow despite the BJP's attempts and the numbers will surprise everyone," Patel said at a private resort near Anand where the 44 MLAs are lodged.

On Tuesday, the legislators will directly go to state capital Gandhinagar to vote for the party's Rajya Sabha nominee Ahmed Patel.

BJP chief Amit Shah and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani are contesting the other two seats, which the BJP is sure to win. The party fielded Congress defector Balwantsinh Rajput as the third candidate in its bid to defeat Patel.

"As all of us are united. The BJP cannot threaten any of our MLAs. Horse trading is not possible with those who are with us," party's lawmaker Shaktisinh Gohil told reporters outside the airport before leaving for Ahmedabad.

In New Delhi, the Congress expressed confidence of Ahmed Patel's win, despite the BJP's attempts to lure MLAs through money, power and threats.

"BJP, by adopting cheap methods, is conspiring to turn minority votes into majority in Gujarat," the Congress said.

"They can make all attempts to insult the people's mandate... But we are confident that Ahmed Patel is going to be victorious...," said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala while briefing reporters.

"People have rejected them. It will be proven in the assembly elections. BJP is worried about the loss in Gujarat, therefore they are trying their best to further lower the level of politics.

"However much they (BJP) try to conspire, Congress will walk the path of truth and will win," he added.

Gujarat has seldom experienced political suspense since 1995 when the first BJP government came to power, and after Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has fortified the state like a fiefdom. All the 26 Lok Sabha candidates in the state are from Modi's party.

Problems started when Congress veteran, the maverick 77-year-old Shankersinh Vaghela, called it quits at a public show of strength on his July 21 birthday over not being made the chief ministerial candidate for the 2017 assembly elections and not being handed over the complete reins of the campaign.

On Monday, Vaghela said he was not in touch with Congress MLAs.

He also said his relations with Congress leader Ahmed Patel were "very cordial".

Vaghela, who resigned from the Congress in July, told NDTV in an interview that there was no question of getting any offer from the BJP.

Asked about his vote, Vaghela said voting was the "property of a MLA". I don't want to expose it."

Asked about speculation that he had been offered the post of Governor by the BJP, Vaghela said there were no talks between him and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

"There is no question of any offer," he said and added that BJP leaders were not in touch with him.

Updated Date: Aug 09, 2017 02:20 AM

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