Amit Shah resigns as MLA from Naranpura

Amit Shah resigns as MLA from Naranpura

The reason is simple: the BJP had done everything possible to win all the three, but it failed to. However, party colleagues said the crucial winning vote belonged to Chhotubhai Vasava of the JD (U), who ignored the party whip and backed Patel.

The immediate fallout will be that Patel will exercise total sway over the affairs of the party in Gujarat, even in the selection of candidates for the Assembly polls in the state. But Modi's top strategist, Amit Shah, invested huge political capital in his attempt to oust Patel. Indira Gandhi's call for vote of conscience, which led to the victory of VV Giri as President against the Congress' own nominee, was acceptable.

Patel refused to answer queries regarding former Congress heavyweight Shankarsinh Vaghela. In such a case, Patel should have got 46 votes. This would dilute Congress' claim that BJP is poaching its MLAs through muscle and money power.

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Mr. Shah was accompanied by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and State BJP president Jitu Vaghani.

Patel had 43 Congress votes and one of the Janata Dal-United, adequate to touch 44. What we witnessed yesterday in Gujarat is not a new thing. Income tax raids are nothing to be objected to, as they are commonly made when the department suspects undeclared wealth hidden by a person. In the end, a technicality helped it win an high-stakes election it had nearly lost. Amit Shah had been camping in Gujarat for days to make that happen. He said, people of Gujarat will teach a lesson to Congress party in coming assembly elections. The BJP also left no stone unturned to win all the three seats. If he wins, it would be his fifth term in the Rajya Sabha and Shah's first term in the Upper House, with the two men likely to come face-to-face on more than one occasion. However, that proved to be the party's undoing. In fact, cross voting, defection, horse trading and all other anti-democratic tactics are rampant whenever there's a Rajya Sabha election. But it went down after the poll panel declared the votes of the two rebels invalid for allegedly showing their ballot papers to BJP president Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani - both candidates in the biennial election. The Congress complained to the returning officer, but he rejected their complaint. And to achieve it, the BJP may now have to bank on Congress turncoats.

Though the initiative to seek disqualification of the two rebel Congress legislators was taken by Randeep Surjewala and R P N Singh - leaders considered close to Rahul Gandhi - it was the forceful and clear arguments by P Chidambaram at the Election Commission that ensured a favourable outcome. On the other hand, Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel announced that the saffron outfit differed with the EC's decision.