[High Drama over Rajya Sabha Poll in Gujarat: Open Horse Trading is Now an
Open and Legitimate Part of the So Very Revered "Business of Nationalism"!
(Of course, only as long as it's a part of the "Business of Nationalism"!)
Counting, nevertheless, had to be put on hold.
BJP unleashes its Minister Power!]


Gujarat Rajya Sabha election LIVE: Congress, BJP fight over two votes; EC
to convey order on counting at 11:30 pm

Counting of votes for the three Gujarat Rajya Sabha seats was supposed to
start at 5 pm. The counting was held up after the Congress demanded that
the poll panel invalidate the votes of Raghavji Patel and Bhola Gohil who
belonged to the Shankersinh Vaghela camp.

INDIA Updated: Aug 08, 2017 23:10 IST
Hiral Dave
Hiral Dave
Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad

Senior BJP leaders Ravi Shankar Prashad , Nirmla Sitaraman , Dharmendra
Pradhan , Muktar Abbas Naqvi , and Piyush Goel at Election Commission in
New Delhi on Tuesday.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

The BJP’s Amit Shah and Smriti Irani are set to be elected to the Rajya
Sabha from Gujarat in polling on Tuesday, which has become a high-stakes
battle for Congress party’s Ahmed Patel, thanks to infighting and

Patel remained confident of victory, saying that the “numbers favoured the

Gujarat has three vacancies and the ruling BJP has fielded party chief Amit
Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and Congress turncoat Balwantsinh Rajput.
Of them, two are set to win, given the BJP’s strength of 122 lawmakers in
the assembly.

For the third seat, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary
Patel is up against Rajput.

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Catch live updates on the election here:

10:50 pm:

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10:45 pm: Election Commission will convey order on counting of votes to
Returning Officer at 11:30 pm.

10:25 pm: “Why is BJP bringing an army of defence/finance minister, power
minister, petroleum minister and commerce minister? It means they want to
suppress truth,” Surjewala questions.

10:12 pm: “With all respect, want to tell BJP that this is the war of truth
and lies cannot prevail on Gandhi Ji’s land,” says Congress spokesperson RS

9:57 pm: EC officials turn away both Congress and BJP delegations for the
third time.

8:25 pm: Congress MP P Chidambaram says, “There is enough evidence that the
ballot paper were seen by people other than those authorized.”

“EC must reject these ballot papers as it did in Haryana in June 2016,”
Chidambaram says, reports ANI.

8:17 pm:

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8:10 pm: BJP delegation comprising Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal and RS
Prasad arrive at Election Commission again.

7: 55 pm: BJP demands immediate counting of votes and announcement of
results, says Congress is reacting out of fear of defeat.

7:50 pm: One of our MLAs had mistakenly showed his vote in Haryana and his
vote was rejected, same was done in Gujarat so their votes should be
rejected: Congress MP Anand Sharma.

7: 42 pm: Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says they requested EC to reject
Congress’ plea as once votes are cast, nothing can be done and the process
was fair.

“Since morning Congress has been claiming win, now with defeat staring in
their face they are making desperate attempts,” Prasad says.

7:40 pm: “I’m very much confident let counting take place,” says Ahmed

7:37 pm: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says Congress allegations are
“baseless” and the party didn’t protest in the morning.

Congress’ Ahmed Patel says Congress filed complaint with the Returning
Officer soon after two rebel party MLAs allegedly showed their vote to BJP

“Immediately a complaint was filed. The Returning Officer did not take any
action, so we moved the Election Commission,” Patel says.


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