'Amit Shah's entry into Rajya Sabha good for BJP'

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"As for Vaghela, he has himself promised that he will vote for me and I believe he will keep his word", he said. Four candidates are standing in three seats.

For the third Rajya Sabha seat, the contest is between Ahmed Patel and Balwant Singh Rajput, a former Congress MLA who has switched over to BJP.

"Not all 44 have voted for him, just wait and watch", a leader close to Vaghela said.

In 182 member assembly, BJP has 122 seats including dissident Nalin Kotadiya.

"When the Congress is not winning, what was the point in voting for Ahmed Patel?".

Ahmed Patel, the political advisor to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is seeking a fifth Rajya Sabha term but his chances of re-election are bleak, predicted Vaghela. Technically, Patel should have easily won, as he expected to poll 54 votes (51 Congress plus two NCP and one JD (U) vote).

Vaghela said the Congress will "suffer" because of moving MLAs to Bengaluru when the state was reeling under flood.

A defeat for Patel would represent a big blow for the "grand old party" ahead of the forthcoming Gujarat Assembly Election as well as the 2019 Lok Sabha election. But after Congress leaders approached it again and persevered, after high drama, the EC declared the two votes as invalid. According to a report, 44 votes were cast in favour of Ahmed Patel. On the other hand, if he were to win the seat, it would be construed as a major defeat for both Amit Shah and Narendra Modi, who have invested much of their time in planning the strategy for this particular election.

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The Congress' complaint has been sent to the Election Commission in Delhi. I have full faith in my MLAs.

Six Congress MLAs have already resigned while another six were not a part of the group that was shepherded to Bengaluru by the Patel camp.

Karnataka Minister D.K. Shivakumar was at the airport when the Congress legislatorstook a budget carrier after a week-long stay at a private resort near here.

" We are heading towards making a Congress-free Gujarat", he said.

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to strengthen the party's base at the grassroots level, BJP national President Amit Shah will pay a three-day visit to Odisha in September, party Pravari Arun Singh announced here today.

#After the polls, Shah will make his debut in Parliament as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

They claim support of two NCP, one JD (U), and GPP MLAs which pushes their number to a comfortable 48 votes.

Prasad told reporters that the Congress was "leveling baseless allegations" and had not protested about the matter on Tuesday morning.