BJP made Rajya Sabha seat a prestige issue, says Ahmed Patel

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BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday acknowledged that the party could not get enough votes as expected that led to Balwantsinh Rajput, the party's third candidate, losing the Rajya Sabha polls from Gujarat.

Shah submitted his resignation to Assembly Speaker Raman Vora at his residence, after he was elected to the Rajya Sabha along with Union Minister Smriti Irani. He reiterated that the BJP had offered Rs 15 crore to numerous Congress MLAs in the run-up to the Rajya Sabha elections, but everyone rejected it.

Meanwhile, the Congress MLAs have also requested the State Election Commission of Gujarat to shift their office to the premises of Bengaluru resort. Pandya said, "Congress has always had a culture to appease leaders in the top, may they be from the Nehru-Gandhi family or their close confidantes".

Summary: BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said that Gohil displeased a leader of the masses like Shankersinh Vaghela to appease Ahmed Patel while addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad on Thursday. The Congress had 57 MLAs in the Assembly until six of them resigned last month.

Speaking to our reporter, one of the MLAs who were stuck in the jam explained the situation, "We knew we'd be stuck here". The BJP leader said many Congress defectors are several- term MLAs and were senior party leaders with certain bases. The remaining three had not taken any decision on joining BJP at that time.

MLAs Ramsinh Parmar, Chhanabhai Chaudhary and Mansinh Chauhan, who had resigned in July, will also switch sides. The BJP pitted Rajput against Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha polls, but the former eventually lost despite cross-voting by some the Congress MLAs.

Mr. Surjewala also quoted a precedent from his own experience - in June 2016 during the Haryana Rajya Sabha polls, he had shown his ballot paper to Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Chowdhury (who was not her party's polling agent and therefore, an unauthorised person) and his vote was rejected.

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