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Modi ruined Gujarat, now he's ruining country: Ahmed Patel

Modi ruined Gujarat, now he's ruining country: Ahmed Patel

Expressing happiness over Patel's victory, Congress president Sonia Gandhi thanked the Election Commission for its decision to disqualify votes of two rebel Congress MLAs who showed their ballot papers to BJP president Amit Shah.

Whether or not he takes over as party president, it will be that much more hard for Rahul now to sideline Patel - and the system he represents.

He said, all crucial decisions related to Sardar Sarovar dam have been taken during the BJP rule, while Congress deliberately delayed these decisions. In such a case, Patel should have got 46 votes. The game was still evenly balanced as Patel had the required 44 votes in a house of 176.

Patel scraped through, thanks only to the disqualification of two Congress MLAs by the Election Commission (EC). Patel's victory may trigger a will to fight and win.

The dramatic results of the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls turned out to be rather costly for BJP and the ambitious BJP party President Amit Shah. "Six of the 44 sitting Congress MLAs are from flood-hit Banaskantha and as they were away from their constituencies during the crisis, there will be questions raised".

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The two MLAs showed their ballot papers to the presiding officer of the BJP violating elections rule.

Vaghela reiterated that as many as 36 Congress MLAs, out of 57, had expressed dissatisfaction when they met at his residence a few months ago.

A Congress leader admitted that the leadership made a mistake and underestimated Vaghela. While the BJP promptly pitted Rajput against Patel in the RS polls, other Congress MLAs began indicating openly that Patel would lose, forcing the Congress to pack off 44 of its MLAs to a resort in Bengaluru in an attempt to fend off more "poaching" by the BJP. On Wednesday, the party expelled eight Gujarat MLAs for not following the party whip in the Rajya Sabha polls and cross-voting in favour of the BJP. However, Shah did not want it to happen that way: while he was assured of his and Irani's victory, he started working for defeating Patel. Next came the resignation of six Congress MLAs, three of whom, including Balwantsinh Rajput, joined the BJP nearly immediately. But to have a majority in the Rajya Sabha, the party may have to wait for some more time.

Those present at the meeting congratulated Shah for his election to the Upper House from Gujarat and on completing three years as the BJP chief, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said.

He also accepted that this was his most hard election and claimed that he had been hounded by agencies such as the IB.