Congress suspended 8 MLAs for 6 years after RS election for cross-voting
After yesterday 8th August Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat over 3 seats and finding 8 Congress MLAs Member of Legislative Assembly cross-voting against party candidate Ahmed Patel. 8 Congress MLAs violated whip given by the party. Taking a stern action against defying MLAs, today Congress suspended its 8 MLAs for 6 years from the party.
The list includes following MLAs of Congress party:
Sr No Name Constituency
- Mahensinh Vaghela 32-Bayad
- Amitbhai Haribhai Chaudhary 37- Mansa
- Karamsibhai Virjibhai Patel 40-Sanand
- Bholabhai Bhikhabhai Gohil 72-Jasdan
- Raghavji Hansrajbhai Patel 77-Jamnagar Rural
- Dharmendrasinh Merubha Jadeja (Hakubha) 78-Jamnagar north
- Shankersinh Laxmansinh Vaghela 120-Kapadvanj
- Chandrasinh Kanaksinh Raul (CK Rauji) 126-Godhra
However, after stiff fight and objection raised by Congress agent Shaktisinh Gohil to cancel, 2 votes of Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavji Patel for making them public and following which EC Election Commission of India treating them as cancelled Patel won by 44 votes in the RS election.
Ahmed Patel Congress on win in Rajya Sabha election: our goal is Assembly Elections
Finally Congress nominee Ahmed Patel wins Gujarat Rajya Sabha seat with 44 votes after high political drama, the Rajya Sabha (RS) polls in Gujarat. Patel is a political advisor to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, retaining his seat from the state.
From BJP Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani also won on RS seats with 46 votes each.While rebellion MLA Balwantsinh Rajput lost the election.
Despite cross-voting by 2 members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavji Patel, Ahmed Patel fetched needed 44 first preference votes. Patel was banking on 44 of its 51 MLAs to support him, with the other seven being seen as supporters of the rebel Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela.
On victory, Ahmed Patel express gratitude to his MLAs for their support.