Ahmed Patel stand no chance, wont cross 40 votes says Vaghela

Sampathiya Uikey is BJP's new lawmaker in the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh

Sampathiya Uikey is BJP's new lawmaker in the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh

But for the third candidate it has just 31 votes going by the party tally. "I was told to let them go if they want to", Vaghela told ANI here on Sunday.

However, one NCP MLA, Kandhal Jadeja, touched the feet of BJP chief Amit Shah when he arrived to vote and exercised his franchise for the BJP before he left for Vaghela's residence "for a luncheon meeting". The BJP, on the other hand, has stated that there was nothing personal, and if the Congress MLAs were deserting their party, it was because of their disillusionment with their leadership. However, Patel told the news agency that NCP will vote for him.

"I have spoken to Sharad Pawarji and he has promised all help to the Congress".

"We are moving towards a Congress free Gujarat. If I'm not with Congress, this is understood where will I be", Raghavji Patel said making his intentions clear.

When asked about cross-voting by Vaghela and his supporters, he shrugged, "So what (we never counted them)".

Speaking to the media, Vaghela said that there was no point to vote for Congress when it is certain that they will not win.

Caught unawares and with no definitive plan to secure 45 votes for Patel's comeback to Rajya Sabha, the Congress made arrangements to shift its debilitated strength of 51 MLAs to Bengaluru. The vote is the personal property of an MLA (for the Rajya Sabha election).

"Party members should not be bound by anything", the veteran politician said, adding that Patel was his old friend and that their relationship was not limited to politics.

Four candidates are contesting for three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat.

On the eve of the crucial Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, the BJP's state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav said all the three candidates of the party will win by a "very good margin".

While Shah and Irani are expected to win with comfortable ease, Congress defector Balwantsinh Rajput has been pipped against Patel by the saffron party which has cast aspersions on senior Congress leader's return to the Rajya Sabha.

Gujarat on Monday witnessed a high political drama a day before the Rajya Sabha polls with both the Congress and the BJP pulling out all stops for the prestigious battle involving Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Vaghela, who has allegedly triggered the recent spate of desertion of Congress legislators in Gujarat that threatens Patel's prospects for another term in the upper House, claimed only a few days ago that they have been in good relationship since 1977. They claim support of two NCP, one JD (U), and GPP MLAs which pushes their number to a comfortable 48 votes. However, Singh's Twitter message has fallen on deaf ears as his former colleague Shankersinh Vaghela has voted for the BJP.

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