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Gujarat braces for Rajya Sabha polls today: Congress shaken as NCP to support BJP

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Gujarat braced for the high stakes polls to three Rajya Sabha seats from the state on Tuesday. In the fight are BJP party president Amit Shah, union minister, Smriti Irani and Congress defector Balwantsinh Rajput from BJP. The Congress is trying to ensure the return to the upper house of Ahmed Patel, political secretary of its president Sonia Gandhi.

A chaotic movement was seen in the warring camps of the BJP and Congress on Monday. In a major jolt to Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has announced that it will support the BJP in Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. NCP leader, Kandhal Jadeja said that his party has decided to back the saffron outfit. “Our party has asked us to support BJP in tomorrow’s RS elections,” Jadeja said.

Notably, Congress’ nominee, Ahmed Patel earlier in the day had said that the NCP is extending its support to him. “The NCP has said that it will support Congress in the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat,” Patel had said.

The state has been seeing a political disturbance in the recent past. Protecting its flock from the BJP, the Congress flew in its 44 MLAs from Bengaluru to Ahmedabad early Monday. Six Gujarat MLAs have to date already quit the Congress. Three of them have joined the BJP.

Ahmed Patel had said he was confident of a win. “I have complete faith in the MLAs, the Congress will see a comfortable win on Tuesday. The MLAs have remained committed to the party in the last few days while in Bengaluru.” “There are other MLAs who can vote. There are NCP and JD(U) too. So numbers will not be a problem. The Congress will win comfortably,” he added.

On the other hand, In Ahmedabad, the BJP said it was confident of winning all three seats. BJP spokesperson, Bharat Pandya said, “We had written to the Election Commission on NOTA because the Congress party was making false allegations against the BJP. We wrote to the Election Commission since we too were opposed to the NOTA option in the Rajya Sabha elections.”