Two disqualifications gave Ahmed Patel one evasive vote

In all, Eleven Rajya Sabha members - one from Goa, one from Madhya Pradesh, six from West Bengal and three from Gujarat - were elected.

That is against the rules of the game. He said neither the Congress nor the poll observers had raised any objection, when the votes were cast in the morning. Mr Patel had polled exactly 44 votes. The national spokesperson for the party however said that Vasava had been instructed to vote for BJP, their new ally.

Mr. Chidambaram later told the media that the ultimate decision had to be taken by the Election Commission, as it was the only constitutional authority. A delegation of senior Congress leaders met the election commission over RS polls in Gujarat. Chief Ministers of both Telugu States K Chandrasekhar Rao and Nara Chandrababu Naidu have competed in denigrating democracy and Constitution. Why is this not being done in Gujarat?

The Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said the eight MLAs were expelled for cross-voting in favour of BJP candidates defying the whip issued by the party. However, there was substance in the Congress charge that the raids were ordered right at the time when Minister D K Shivakumar, who is a wealthy businessman, was hosting the 44 party MLAs from Gujarat. The decision was taken on a complaint of the Congress. They were under the impression that he had only a couple of supporters but it turned out to be much more.

In such critical circumstances with the party struggling to keep its position safe in Gujarat this victory of Ahmed Patel has certainly created a hope in Congress, although the party needs to keep the hope alive in the party workers also.

The cancellation led the number of first preference votes needed by Patel down to 44 from 45 earlier. But Yadav and others brushed aside the fact that BJP too had its entire battery of leaders and state and party machinery putting in their best efforts, including poaching on Congress and other MLAs, to stall the otherwise easy re-entry of Patel to Rajya Sabha. NCP has two and JD (U) has one MLA in the house. "They had voted for the BJP".

Naik also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party has no right to stake claim to India's freedom movement as the party ideologues in the pre-Independence era colluded with the British.

In such a scenario, Patel's team appears to be erring on the side of caution.

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. The drama reached its crescendo late 8 August when the results were finally declared. And certainly, no law or rule of law can be allowed to stand in the way.

Making it a prestige battle, Shah left no stone unturned to ensure Patel's defeat.

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