The Rajya Sabha elections for the 4 seats of Gujarat virtually became a nail-biter just like the November 2017 elections in which senior Congress chief Ahmed Patel was combating for this fifth consecutive term in the higher Home of Parliament.
Having said that, though the situations ended up pretty very similar, the Congress could not replicate the same magic this time. 3 of the 4 seats, which a handful of times back could have been shared equally by the two parties specified their strength in the Assembly, lastly went to the BJP.
Abhay Bharadwaj, Ramila Bara and Narhari Amin of the BJP received, though Shaktisinh Gohil secured the sole victory from the Congress camp.
In the operate up to the re-election bid of Patel also, a large-pitched drama was observed, in which the grand aged celebration dropped 15 of its MLAs, or 1-fourth of its social gathering energy in defections.
This time too, the occasion observed its tally minimized from 77 to 65 in the months primary up to the elections. The party had to, in a determined bid, divide its remaining MLAs in four unique teams and change them to a plush lodge to reduce more of them from quitting, just as it had finished in 2017.
And experienced took place in 2017, when two very important votes of Congress MLAs who had indulged in cross-voting had been rejected by the Election Commission, this time, the Congress attempted to search for victory by obtaining a pair of votes disqualified.
The occasion urged the Election Fee to cancel two BJP MLAs’ votes. 1st of Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, whose vote could not be counted, the Congress argued, because his membership to the Assembly was quashed by the Gujarat Higher Court docket.
It also sought to quash the vote of Kesarisinh, who they argued experienced forged his vote by means of a proxy voter. Both these objections ended up overruled by the EC.
The drama more than the Rajya Sabha elections in Guajrat had started out way back in March, when the BJP surprised absolutely everyone by introduced a 3rd prospect, just when it appeared that the two the functions ended up likely to share the 4 seats equally.
The saffron camp fielded Abhay Bhardwaj, a Brahmin from Rajkot, and Ramila Bara, a tribal, whilst the Congress’ introduced Shaktisinh Gohil, a Kshatriya from Bhavnagar, and Bharatsinh Solanki, an OBC from central Gujarat, as its two candidates.
Shortly following, the BJP disturbed this equilibrium with the nomination of Narhari Amin, an old Patidar chief with a Congress track record, in a bid to gain a third seat.
On Friday, all eyes were being established on Chhotubhai Vasava’s BTP, whose two votes were critical, and who both equally the Congress and BJP were being wooing desperately. Eventually, he declared that BTP would not vote in the elections, which arguably upset the Congress a lot more and dimmed its prospects of bagging the 2nd seat.
The suspense more than the qualification of the two votes, against which the Congress experienced elevated objection, finished all around 9pm when the EC overruled the Congress and counting began. The final results have been declared by 10:30pm.
Seven other states go to polls
The ruling YSR Congress bagged all the 4 Rajya Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh and seasoned campaigners like Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Shibu Soren had an uncomplicated sailing as the final results of the polls to the higher home have been on expected lines barring Gujarat and Manipur which went down to the wire.
Voting was held for 19 seats distribute throughout eight states amid all precautionary actions in perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic which led to two legislators in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan who ended up in quarantine turning up in PPE equipment.
In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP won two seats and the Congress bagged just one seat though in Rajasthan, it was the other way close to with the Congress emerging victorius in two. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) won a single seat in Jharkhand so did the BJP although the candidates of the ruling alliances won in Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram.
In Manipur, which is witnessing a political disaster subsequent the resignation of nine members of the ruling coalition, BJP applicant and the state’s titular king L Sanajaoba defeated veteran T Mangi Babu of the Congress in some significant-voltage drama.
The ruling Congress in Rajasthan won two out of the three seats which went to polls. Even though KC Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi were being declared elected, BJP’s Rajendra Gehlot won easily although its 2nd candidate Onkar Singh Lakhawat was defeated.
Veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and BJP candidates Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh Solanki received from Madhya Pradesh. The Congress’s other prospect, Dalit chief Phool Singh Barriya, dropped the election.
When Singh is returning to the Rajya Sabha for next consecutive expression, Scindia, his when arch rival in the Madhya Pradesh Congress who is now with the BJP, is moving into the Higher Home of Parliament for the first time.
JMM supremo Shibu Soren and BJP condition unit president Deepak Prakash gained the two seats in Jharkhand. Congress candidate Shahzada Anwar finished third by bagging 18 votes.
In Andhra Pradesh, Deputy Main Minister Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, industrialist Parimal Nathwani and real estate agent Ayodhya Rami Reddy of the YSRC had been elected with 38 votes just about every.
The ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance candidate Wanwei Roy Kharlukhi Friday gained the lone seat in Meghalaya defeating Congress prospect Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem by a margin of 20 votes.
(With inputs from PTI)