Congress confident of Patel's RS win; to weave assembly campaign around it

Congress confident of Patel's RS win; to weave assembly campaign around it

Congress confident of Patel's RS win; to weave assembly campaign around it

All the 44 Congress MLAs who were staying at Bengaluru's Eagleton Resort arrived in Neejanand Resort in Anand district of Gujarat on Monday.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel, also the political adviser to party president Sonia Gandhi is seeking a fifth Rajya Sabha term, but according to Vaghela his chances of winning are bleak.

However, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has made a decision to vote for the BJP, India Today reported.

The Assembly's strength is 176, out of which BJP has 122, which makes the victory of Shah and Irani confirm, suspense builds for the 3rd seat. He also warned the party legislators of "action" if they cross-voted. The election has become interesting since the exit of Congress strongman Shankersinh Vaghela and resignation of six MLAs of the party in the last few days, bringing down its tally in the 182-member House from 57 to 51.

The BJP has a total of 121 MLAs in the Gujarat Assembly and reportedly, the votes will be split between three leaders.

Forty-four MLAs, whom Patel considers with him were even taken away to Bengaluru to prevent "further poaching" by the BJP.

Ahead of counting, the Congress believes it has the support of 45 legislators, which is exactly how many votes it needs to get Ahmed Patel elected. "Apart from these 44 (Congress) legislators, two of NCP, one of JD-U would vote for me", Patel told reporters on Monday.

The Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat are slated to take place on August 8.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel is in fray for the Rajya Sabha polls which will be held on Tuesday (today). A loss for Ahmed Patel, however, could plunge the Congress into a deeper crisis.

The MLAs, who were in a hideaway in a Bengaluru resort, returned home on Monday to cast their votes in the polls. Since his exit, six MLAs have quit the party amid reports that many more leaders were planning to follow suit. Shankersinh Vaghela, the seasoned politician who quit BJP after injustice in the 90's is the man the BJP is banking on for the victory of its candidate Balwantsinh Rajput, also a Congressman who recently quit the party when Shankersinh bugled yet another rebellion. The BJP then sprang a surprise by fielding Rajput as its third candidate.

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