Rajya Sabha election underway in Gujarat

  • Rajya Sabha election underway in Gujarat
08-08-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Voting for the Rajya Sabha elections on three seats is underway in Gujarat from 9 AM today. The voting will end at 4 PM and counting will be held from 5 PM, an hour after the end of polling.

Secretary of Gujarat Assembly, D M Patel is the returning officer for the election. He informed that after the resignation of six Congress MLAs, there are total 176 MLAs eligible to vote. The election has been necessitated following the completion of the tenures of three existing members, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Dilip Pandya of BJP and Ahmed Patel of Congress.

The win of BJP party president Amit Shah and Mrs. Smriti Irani was almost certain, while the fate of the third candidate of BJP Balwantsinh Rajput, who joined the party after resigning from Congress was hanging in balance along with the sole Congress candidate Ahmed Patel.

Ahmed Patel is contesting for his fifth term for the upper house and he needs the support of 45 MLAs for victory of. In 182 member assembly, BJP has 122 seats, while Congress has 51 MLAs along with 7 of Shankarinh Vaghela’s camp. NCP has 2 and JD(U) has 1 MLA in the house.

Sources suggest that NCP has also decided to vote for BJP candidates in today’s elections despite its alliance with Congress, but Jayant Patel of NCP said “We voted according to whip issued by high command, after all we are the partner of UPA, our vote is for UPA.”

Tags : Rajya Sabha Gujarat Amit Shah Ahmed Patel Smriti Irani Balwantsinh Rajput

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