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Sharad Yadav congratulates Ahmed Patel on winning RS poll

13 August 2017, 10:36 | Glen Norman

Sharad Yadav congratulates Ahmed Patel on winning RS poll

Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s dramatic victory in the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat has galvanised the party to organise a conclave of Opposition leaders in New Delhi to work out a plan for the 2019 general elections

"Forming a new party is one of the options to which a serious thought is being given", said Vijay Verma, a senior JD (U) leader.

Janata Dal-United's Chhotubhai Vasava, a strong tribal leader of South Gujarat, said he voted for the Congress because the BJP has been looting the state for the last 20 years and he was opposed to his party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar joining hands with the BJP.

His congratulatory message to Patel assumes significance at a time, when the JD (U) has joined hands with the BJP to form the government in Bihar.

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Members of the Indian Youth Congress celebrate the Rajya Sabha election victory of Ahmed Patel outside the AICC HQ in the capital New Delhi on wednesday. The JDU's general secretary in Gujarat Ambalal Jadhav too said Mr Vasava had voted for the Congress candidate. "Wish you all success in your career (sic)", he wrote on Twitter.

Mr Vasava, who is known to be close to Ahmed Patel, said he chose to vote for the Congress candidate as "he is unhappy with the ruling party's works for the poor and tribal population" that he represents.

Two former JD-U legislators, including former minister Ramai Ram and Rambadan Rai, were also in the crowd. Of 44 votes cast in favour of Patel, senior Gujarat Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia said, 43 were from Congress MLAs and the last one from Vasava, seen as a Sharad Yadav camp leader in the JD (U).

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While Bosky, who is also the NCP's Gujarat unit president, remained incommunicado, NCP general secretary Jagdishchandra Dafda claimed that Bosky voted for the Congress, as per the whip issued by party supremo Sharad Pawar.

But Mr Vasava shot back, "How does Tyagi know who I voted for?" Who is Tyagi to say anything. Our support is Ahmed Patel, he also said.

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