According to the state election commission, 176 MLAs voted in the Rajya Sabha polls. Three hours later Patel was declared elected and exclaimed "Satyamev Jayate" while his party colleagues immediately burst into celebratory mood while taunting the BJP at its defeat. It would have led to the collapse of an already demoralised Congress, particularly in assembly poll-going Gujarat later this year and beyond. If Congress would have lost in the Rajya Sabha, it would have been hard for the party to win the trust of people in the state as an alternative to BJP. On Tuesday morning, Mr Vasava travelled with Congress leaders from Anand to Gandhinagar but at the polling station, he was escorted by two BJP leaders, who subsequently claimed that Vasava voted for BJP. Had Patel lost, the morale of his party's workers in Gujarat, which goes for Assembly elections in five months, would have fallen further. Mr. Prasad said the Congress was afraid of losing the election.
- "Things have been blown out of proportion because of Ahmed Patel".
Shah, who resigned as the state MLA on Wednesday, told the cadres that the magic number of 150 achieved in the upcoming elections would make it possible for the BJP to win the Rajya Sabha seats, irrespective of the number of votes a candidate gets. The third BJP candidate and Congress turncoat Balwantsinh Rajput, for whose victory the BJP had deployed its combined might, managed 39 first preference votes - eight of which came from six Congress rebels, including Shankersinh Vaghela, and two NCP MLAs.
However, Congress candidate Ahmed Patel has asserted that his party had filed their concerned with the returning officer but their plea was shunned.
This will be Ahmed Patel's fifth term in the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat; his victory comes as a great boost to the Congress party that has been on a loosing streak.
Rarely has one witnessed a Rajya Sabha election that was as nail-biting as one of those cricket matches where the victor is decided off the last ball. He declared that Patel will lose the election and not even win 40 votes in the current election.
After a tug-of-war at the Chief Election Commissioner's office in New Delhi, both the parties made representations to the EC in bid to influence a decision. Patel polled 44 votes, or just a fraction more than he needed to prevent the contest from being taken to the second preference phase where BJP, with a comfortable majority in the House, would have won hands down. However, assembly elections to Karnataka, in early 2018, and later in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan will not be a walkover for BJP and Shah will have to use his strategising skills to ensure a victory. Shah and Irani are poised for easy win given the BJP's numerical strength.