Sharad Yadav congratulates Ahmed Patel on winning RS poll

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

Yadav today congratulated Patel for his nail-biting finish in the Rajya Sabha election.

Two other JD (U) MPs, Ali Anwar and M P Veerendra Kumar, also reportedly miffed over Kumar's decision, had met Yadav to express their resentment.

Chhotubhai Vasava told NDTV this afternoon that he had voted for "good friend" Ahmed Patel.

Gujarat JD-U MLA Chotubhai Vasava on Tuesday said he voted for Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha election as he was opposed to his party President Nitish Kumar aligning with BJP in Bihar.

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Mr Vasava, who is known to be close to Ahmed Patel, said he chose to vote for the Congress candidate as "he is unhappy with the ruling party's works for the poor and tribal population" that he represents.

"For 22 years the BJP has looted the state". Dafda said Kandhal Jadeja voted for BJP. However, Vasava said that he voted for Congress' nominee Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha polls as the ruling BJP has done little for the tribal people and the poor.

Ahmed Patel, assured of 43 Congress votes, needs 44 votes to win today and Mr Vasava's vote would get him there.

While Bosky, who is also the NCP's Gujarat unit president, remained incommunicado, NCP general secretary Jagdishchandra Dafda claimed that Bosky voted for the Congress, as per the whip issued by party supremo Sharad Pawar. "But Vaghela betrayed Ahmed Patel during polling", the source said. In addition, six party MLAs did not vote since they had quit the party and resigned from membership of the legislative assembly. Blaming the turn of events on election day on Congress internal groups, bickering and disenchantment of MLAs against the party's top leadership, BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said in a statement, "Our candidate, Balvantsinh Rajput, will take this up legally".

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