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In back to back two major setbacks for Congress in the ongoing Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, former Congress senior leader Shankersinh Vaghela and party legislator Raghavji Patel have claimed they did not cast their vote in favour of party head Ahmed Patel.

The ex-Congress veteran cast his vote today in the ongoing Rajya Sabha polls; coming out of the polling room he revealed to the media that he had not wasted his vote on Congress.

Jab Congress jeetne waali hai hi nahi, vote bina matlab Congress ko dene ka matlab nahi tha. Humne Ahmed Patel ko vote nahi diya, said Vaghela. (It was no point voting for Congress as the party is not going to win anyway. I didn’t vote for Ahmed Patel.)

Meanwhile Congress MLA Raghavji Patel said that he went with his conscience and voted for BJP. In an exclusive chat with NewsX the Congress MLA said there is a very rare chance of Ahmed Patel winning this election.

Shankersinh Vaghela was an important figure in the Congress house hold before resigning as a leader of Opposition on August 8th. He announced his resignation in a public rally organized by him on the occasion of his 77th birthday. He claimed that his resignation is due to intra-party conspiracies, due to which Congress showed him the door. The legislator though remained on his stand that he won’t join any other party and would instead launch his own at the right time.

In a decisive blow to Congress, his vote could have been a turnaround for the Ahmed Patel led party which is trying its best to survive in the polls and win a seat in the Gujarat upper house.

Gujarat Congress supremo and Sonia Gandhi’s political advisor Ahmed Patel requires 48 votes to continue in the Rajya Sabha for the 4th consecutive term. But with Vaghela’s u-turn and reportedly 11 other Congress legislators turning their back to Patel, his win is highly uncertain.

 

First Published | 8 August 2017 10:35 AM
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