The voting for crucial Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat began on Tuesday. The ruling BJP has fielded party chief Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani, and Balwantsinh Rajput while Congress’s Ahmed Patel is contesting to retain his seat in the Upper house as the state has three RS seats.
Here are the live updates –
Numbers are in our favour, result should be good, I am confident and optimistic: Ahmed Patel
Voting ends at Assembly
Congress MLA Dharshi Khanpura cast his vote himself after EC officer denied his proxy voting request
61 BJP MLAs and 43 Congress MLAs have cast their votes so far
Victory of our candidates certain. Party had been working for this since announcement of election dates: Anandiben Patel, former Gujarat CM
We have got 43 votes so far, 1 MLA is going to vote. Chhotubhai Vasava (JDU) publicly said he voted for Ahmed bhai: Arjun Modhwadia, Cong
Sanand Congress MLA voted for BJP: Sources
Jadeja (Kandhal Jadeja) ji is first time MLA, he is innocent. Our vote is for UPA: Jayant Patel, NCP
Voted according to whip issued by high command, after all we are the partner of UPA: Jayant Patel, NCP
I have cast my vote. In a democracy the voting is secret: Mahendra Sinh Vaghela, Congress
Both NCP MLAs voting for BJP candidate, it is clear: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani
We have voted according to the whip issued, confident of victory of all our candidates: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani
Congress MLAs arrive at state assembly in Gandhinagar from Neejanand resort in Anand
Out of the 4 candidates, Ahmed Patel is going to get the maximum number of votes. His victory is certain: Shailesh Parmar
# 9:59 AM
2 MLAs voted for BJP despite being Congress MLAs. Shakti Singh Gohil has taken objection against this: Arjun Modhwadia,INC
Congress hadn't been listening to us for a year. We have voted for Balwantsinh Rajput: Dharmendra Jadeja, Congress
Voted for Balwantsinh Rajput. I want to stay in politics but not in Congress: Raghavji Patel
Had cleared things yesterday itself. You will know everything in the evening: NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja
# 9:39 AM
I did not want to waste my vote as Congress will lose the election. I have not voted to Ahmed Patel: Shankersinh Vaghela
NCP MLAs reach to cast their vote
Shankersinh Vaghela arrived for voting at Gujarat assembly
Voting begins at the Gujarat assembly
BJP candidates Smriti Irani & Amit Shah arrive at State Legislative Assembly; CM Vijay Rupani also reaches
# 8:40 AM
Preparations for Rajya Sabha polls underway in State Legislative Assembly in Gandhinagar
Gujarat: Preparations for Rajya Sabha polls underway in State Legislative Assembly in Gandhinagar pic.twitter.com/zYyJhIlOqS— ANI (@ANI_news) August 8, 2017
Congress MLAs leave from Neejanand Resort in Anand, ahead of Rajya Sabha election voting.
Patel, who is also a political advisor to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, was confident of his victory. On Monday, he had met all 44 MLAs who were staying Neejanand Resort in Anand. Balwantsinh Rajput
Of late, six Congress MLAs resigned from the party that had put an uphill task for the Congress to garner enough support in the Assembly.
Congress is banking on NCP as his two MLAs told media that they will vote for BJP. But, the Congress party claimed that Sharad Pawar had already declared its support for the grand old party.
BJP was hoping that cross voting will take place in the polls and Rajput will also sail through.
On the other hand, the administration arranged enough security for the Congress MLAs. BD Jadeja, Deputy SP, told that adequate security was provided to the legislators.