NFTV : Sajjad Badshah : The high drama in Gujarat politics came to its end after senior Congress leader finally emerge as victorious on the ongoing Rajya Sabha polls spite of all the Money, Muscle power & Dirty tricks of BJP .
The final count from Election Commission stated that Ahmed Patel got 44 votes, while Amit Shah and Smriti Irani got 46 seats. Balvantsinh Rajput was the only loser of the day as he only ended up with 38 votes.
The counting of votes was to start at 5 pm, but it was delayed after the Congress moved the EC demanding cancellation of the votes of the two party MLAs who allegedly showed their ballots to BJP chief Amit Shah before casting them in violation of rules. Late in the night, the poll panel rejected the votes cast by Congress MLAs Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavjibhai Patel, and gave the go ahead for counting of votes, after hearing three delegations each of the Congress and the BJP and viewing the video recording of the voting process.
The BJP had gone all out to defeat Ahmed Patel, turning the election into a big prestige battle. The BJP projected Balwantsinh Rajput, a recent acquisition from the Congress, against Ahmed Patel.