Ahmed Patel gets backing of JD(U) and NCP for RS poll

Prime News, Nation (Ahmedabad), July 25:-With the support extended by JD(U) and NCP, Congress candidate Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Sonia Gandhi, has got a huge boost to his Rajya Sabha election.

The election to the three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat will be held on August 18 as the three seats going to fall vacant in September. The Congress will re-nominate Ahmed Patel who is currently a member of upper house from Gujarat.

The Congress has 57 MLAs in the 182-member Assembly and it needs 45 votes to win one Rajya Sabha seat. Unlike in Presidential polls, for Rajya Sabha, it is an open ballot system, the legislators cannot vote against the party’s whip, if anybody cross-votes, he or she can be barred from contesting the elections for the next six years under the amended rule for Rajya Sabha elections

According to sources, the support of two NCP MLAs and the lone JD(U) MLA will come as a welcome relief to the Congress and Ahmed Patel. Shankarsinh Vaghela, who announced his resignation from Congress, continues to be Congress MLA as he is yet to submit his resignation to the Assembly Speaker. Vaghela said that “I may be meeting Ahmedbhai (Ahmed Patel) tomorrow (Tuesday), and we will see,” said Vaghela on Monday.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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