"If he has any issue with the decision or is unhappy with it, he is free to express his opinion", he said while replying to a query on Sharad Yadav's recent statements against the JD-U-BJP rule in Bihar. Earlier, he was believed to have one more vote of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), giving him the required strength of 45 in a House of 176.
Getting tough on its senior leader Sharad Yadav, the Janata Dal United has submitted a letter to vice-president to remove him from Rajya Sabha as the party leader, according to reports. As far as the party is concerned, it has already taken its decision. Karamsi Patel was one of the 44 Congress MLAs the party had flown out and put up at a resort in Bengaluru, followed by one in Anand, Gujarat, a day before polling to avoid "poaching" by BJP.
The victory came as a major boost for the Congress party. "But Vaghela betrayed Ahmed Patel during polling", the source said. While the Congress continued to cry foul about the BJP's "dirty tricks department", Amit Shah expectedly stayed focused on the RS battle.
If the two votes had not been rejected, Rajput would have got 41 and the shortfall of four would have been filled by second preference votes. Three hours later Patel was declared elected and exclaimed "Satyamev Jayate" while his party colleagues immediately burst into celebratory mood while taunting the BJP at its defeat.
This is the first official development between Nitish and the BJP, post the debacle last month, with Nitish Kumar resigning as the Bihar Chief Minister and breaking ties with the grand alliance and then forming the government with the saffron party. Six other Congress MLAs owing allegiance to Vaghela also cross-voted.
This means that out of its original lot of 57 MLA, the Congress now has been reduced to just 41 legislators.