Rajat Sharma

An Election Result Beyond Everybody’s Imagination

10 Aug aaj ki baat BJP President Amit Shah never dreamed that his party’s third candidate Balwantsinh Rajput would lose the Rajya Sabha poll in Gujarat despite carefully orchestrated micro-level management. Congress leader Ahmed Patel never dreamed that he would win the RS poll despite 13 out of 57 Congress MLAs ditching him and the party. Both the Congress MLAs who voted for BJP never dreamed that their votes would be invalidated. The Election Commission never dreamed that seven Union Ministers and senior Congress leaders would come to its door thrice in a span of three hours in Delhi, and it would have to take a midnight decision after watching video footage of the polling. Nobody imagined all such things would happen for a single Rajya Sabha seat. In all, neither Amit Shah’s tricks succeeded, nor did Ahmed Patel’s man management. The single thing that clicked at the last moment was Ahmed Patel’s fate. The only consolation is that democracy ultimately triumphed. In political circles, the general belief is that this Rajya Sabha poll result will not affect Amit Shah’s Plan 150 for the forthcoming assembly polls, but the fact remains that Ahmed Patel’s win could act as a morale booster for the Congress, though the party is still presently far behind in the assembly poll stakes in Gujarat.

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