New Delhi: The Gujarat Congress on Friday complained to the Election Commission of India against BJP MLAs Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Kesarisinh and urged for cancelling their votes in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections here during the day. Also Read - West Bengal: 'Governor Acting Like BJP Spokesperson,' Says Mamata on Hemtabad BJP MLA Murder Accusations
Voting for four Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat was held at the Assembly building in Gandhinagar on Friday. Also Read - 'Congress on Ventilator, Taking Last Breath,' AAP Scoffs Amid Rajasthan Political Crisis
Congress complained that Bhupendrasinh’s Assembly seat victory was quashed by the Gujarat High Court and his Assembly membership no longer existed. Also Read - Tough Ties, Loose Ends: Will Sachin Pilot Return to Family? What Future Holds For Rajasthan Government
The party said Kesarisinh cast his vote through a proxy voter, despite being totally fit till Thursday. “If a proxy voter was required due to his failing health condition, Kesarisinh ought to have applied for the required permission from the Election Commission prior to the day of the filing of nominations for the Rajya Sabha elections,” Congress said.
The Congress urged the commission to cancel the votes of these BJP MLA and not count them when counting of votes was taken up during the day.
The BJP had fielded three nominees and the Congress two for the four seats. There was a fight between BJP’s Narhari Amin and Congress’ Bharatsinh Solanki, both of whom required 35 votes to win the election.
The BJP had 33 votes and Congress 30 votes as none of them had sufficient votes to ensure a clear-cut victory for their candidates. Both were relying on the votes of other parties like BTP, NCP and independent votes.
Two Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) MLAs said they would not vote till a written assurance about the welfare of tribals, Dalits and migrants. This development put the Congress to a disadvantage as it was heavily relying on such votes.