Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections 2017 results: PM Narendra Modi congratulates Amit Shah, Smriti Irani

By: | Updated: August 9, 2017 8:08 AM

Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections 2017 results: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani on being elected to the upper House.

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Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections 2017 results: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani on being elected to the upper House. “Congratulations to BJP President Amit Shah, ministerial colleague Smriti Irani on getting elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat,” PM Modi posted on Twitter. After several twists and turns throughout yesterday and late night dramatic developments, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel had beaten BJP candidate Balwantsinh Rajput. The elections were marred by controversy after the Election Commission rejected the votes of two dissident MLAs of Congress for violating electoral rules.

It was the first Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat in two decades which saw a contest instead of official candidates of major parties getting elected unopposed. BJP chief Amit Shah made his maiden entry into the house of elders and so did party nominee and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, clinching 46 votes each, an EC official said.

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Earlier, the counting was scheduled to begin at 5 pm yesterday. But it was delayed after Congress had demanded that votes of two of its MLAs should be cancelled for flouting norms. The Election Commission had rejected the votes cast by Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavjibhai Patel for allegedly showing their ballots to Amit Shah in violation of rules. TV footages, however, showed that Patel displayed his ballot to an unidentified person present in the voting hall, according to PTI report.

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