Ahmed Smashes Shah's Chessboard, Laughs His Way to Rajya Sabha
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net,
Ahmedabad / New Delhi, August 9: All attempts by the ruling and rival BJP to hit Congress where it would hurt most have failed and Ahmed Patel, one of the top leaders of the Grand Old Party of India, has again won his seat for the Rajya Sabha.
As per the media reports, Patel got the minimum required 44 votes.
BJP chief Amit Shah and another party candidate and union minister Smriti Irani have also comfortably won. While the third candidate (Balwantsinh Rajput) of BJP, a rebel MLA of Congress which BJP had fielded to defeat Ahmed Patel, political advisor to Sonia Gandhi, has lost.
Ahmed's win could be seen as the big defeat of Shah, described as modern-day Chanakya of Indian politics for bagging massive victories for his party in several states particularly Uttar Pradesh in the last three years.
Rajput was among six Congress MLAs who left the party couple of weeks before the Rajya Sabha elections - three of them including Rajput joined BJP and in return BJP fielded him as its third candidate only to demolish Congress in the state.
In a sudden turn of events around midnight on Tuesday, the Election Commission declared invalid votes of two Congress MLAs who had showed their ballot paper to BJP leader in the Assembly before dropping them in the ballot box. And this paved the way for the win of Patel.
It is believed that Patel got one vote each from JD-U and NCP besides 42 from his party.