The Rajya Sabha elections for the 4 seats of Gujarat nearly grew to become a nail-biter similar to the November 2017 elections through which senior Congress chief Ahmed Patel was combating for this fifth consecutive time period within the higher Home of Parliament.
Nonetheless, whereas the circumstances had been fairly related, the Congress couldn’t replicate the identical magic this time. Three of the 4 seats, which just a few days in the past may have been shared equally by the 2 events given their energy within the Meeting, lastly went to the BJP.
Abhay Bharadwaj, Ramila Bara and Narhari Amin of the BJP gained, whereas Shaktisinh Gohil secured the only victory from the Congress camp.
Within the run as much as the re-election bid of Patel additionally, a high-pitched drama was seen, through which the grand previous social gathering misplaced 15 of its MLAs, or one-fourth of its social gathering energy in defections.
This time too, the social gathering noticed its tally decreased from 77 to 65 within the months main as much as the elections. The social gathering needed to, in a determined bid, divide its remaining MLAs in 4 completely different teams and shift them to an opulent resort to forestall extra of them from quitting, simply because it had performed in 2017.
And had occurred in 2017, when two essential votes of Congress MLAs who had indulged in cross-voting had been rejected by the Election Fee, this time, the Congress tried to hunt victory by getting a few votes disqualified.
The social gathering urged the Election Fee to cancel two BJP MLAs’ votes. First of Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, whose vote couldn’t be counted, the Congress argued, since his membership to the Meeting was quashed by the Gujarat Excessive Court docket.
It additionally sought to quash the vote of Kesarisinh, who they argued had solid his vote by a proxy voter. Each these objections had been overruled by the EC.
The drama over the Rajya Sabha elections in Guajrat had began manner again in March, when the BJP shocked everybody by introduced a 3rd candidate, simply when it appeared that each the events had been going to share the 4 seats equally.
The saffron camp fielded Abhay Bhardwaj, a Brahmin from Rajkot, and Ramila Bara, a tribal, whereas the Congress’ introduced Shaktisinh Gohil, a Kshatriya from Bhavnagar, and Bharatsinh Solanki, an OBC from central Gujarat, as its two candidates.
Quickly after, the BJP disturbed this equilibrium with the nomination of Narhari Amin, an previous Patidar chief with a Congress background, in a bid to win a 3rd seat.
On Friday, all eyes had been set on Chhotubhai Vasava’s BTP, whose two votes had been essential, and who each the Congress and BJP had been wooing desperately. In the end, he declared that BTP wouldn’t vote within the elections, which arguably upset the Congress extra and dimmed its prospects of bagging the second seat.
The suspense over the qualification of the 2 votes, towards which the Congress had raised objection, ended round 9pm when the EC overruled the Congress and counting started. The outcomes had been declared by 10:30pm.
Seven different states go to polls
The ruling YSR Congress bagged all of the 4 Rajya Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh and seasoned campaigners like Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Shibu Soren had a simple crusing because the outcomes of the polls to the higher home had been on anticipated strains barring Gujarat and Manipur which went right down to the wire.
Voting was held for 19 seats unfold throughout eight states amid all precautionary measures in view of the COVID-19 pandemic which led to 2 legislators in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan who had been in quarantine turning up in PPE gear.
In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP gained two seats and the Congress bagged one seat whereas in Rajasthan, it was the opposite manner round with the Congress rising victorius in two. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) gained one seat in Jharkhand so did the BJP whereas the candidates of the ruling alliances gained in Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram.
In Manipur, which is witnessing a political disaster following the resignation of 9 members of the ruling coalition, BJP candidate and the state’s titular king L Sanajaoba defeated veteran T Mangi Babu of the Congress in some high-voltage drama.
The ruling Congress in Rajasthan gained two out of the three seats which went to polls. Whereas KC Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi had been declared elected, BJP’s Rajendra Gehlot gained comfortably whereas its second candidate Onkar Singh Lakhawat was defeated.
Veteran Congress chief Digvijaya Singh and BJP candidates Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh Solanki gained from Madhya Pradesh. The Congress’s different candidate, Dalit chief Phool Singh Barriya, misplaced the election.
Whereas Singh is returning to the Rajya Sabha for second consecutive time period, Scindia, his as soon as arch rival within the Madhya Pradesh Congress who’s now with the BJP, is coming into the Higher Home of Parliament for the primary time.
JMM supremo Shibu Soren and BJP state unit president Deepak Prakash gained the 2 seats in Jharkhand. Congress candidate Shahzada Anwar completed third by bagging 18 votes.
In Andhra Pradesh, Deputy Chief Minister Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, industrialist Parimal Nathwani and realtor Ayodhya Rami Reddy of the YSRC had been elected with 38 votes every.
The ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance candidate Wanwei Roy Kharlukhi Friday gained the lone seat in Meghalaya defeating Congress candidate Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem by a margin of 20 votes.
(With inputs from PTI)