BJP to set challenge Ahmed Patel's RS win in court
The BJP is set to challenge the victory of Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat that were held on Tuesday. Patel of the Congress won after the ECI invalidated two votes.
The BJP has argued that the order of the ECI was wrong and hence it would be challenged in the court. The party is expected to mover the Gujarat High Court and if it fails will approach the Supreme Court, party sources said.
Four candidates - BJP president Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani, Balvantsinh Rajput, and Ahmed Patel - were in the fray to three Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat. While Shah and Irani won comfortably by securing 46 votes each, Patel won the third seat by winning 44 votes.
Cross-voting by eight of its MLAs seemed to have come as a body blow to the Congress's chances. However, two of these votes were declared invalid by the Election Commission, after the Congress complained that the two MLAs disclosed their choice to BJP leaders.