The race for Rajya Sabha seats has come to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s house state Gujarat. On Friday, Congress and BJP will lock horns to safe as many seats of Rajya Sabha as attainable. 4 Rajya Sabha seats are up for grabs. This ought to have been a daily affair however as 5 candidates are contesting for Four seats. Things have develop into fascinating.
The number crunch:
As we all know, MLAs in Gujarat Legislative Assembly will solid their vote to elect Rajya Sabha members. 182-member Gujarat Assembly has 172 MLAs at present.
BJP has 103 MLAs whereas Congress has 65. Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) has 2 MLAs, Nationalist Congress Party has 1 and 1 unbiased MLA (Jignesh Mevani)
To elect one candidate to Rajya Sabha, 35 votes are wanted. As the numbers stand proper now, BJP ought to be comfortably ready to elect two candidates whereas Congress ought to have the option to elect one. However, there are 5 folks in the ring.
BJP has fielded Abhay Bhardwaj and Ramilaben Bara. Bhardwaj is a lawyer whereas Bara is a tribal face and an ex-MLA.
Congress has fielded its spokesperson Shakti Singh Gohil and former union minister Bharat Solanki. Congress is pushing Gohil as a candidate of first-preference.
BJP made issues fascinating because it fielded ex-Congressman Narhari Amin who has been Deputy Chief Minister of the state. Any cross-voting from Congress’ camp is sure to damage the social gathering’s possibilities.
Congress on the backfoot:
State Congress unit was shaken to the core as its MLAs resigned from their posts. Congress has 65 MLAs in its kitty now and they’ve been stored in varied resorts to hold them from defecting.
Another growth that passed off on Thursday gave a blow to Congress. NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja attended a gathering organised by BJP.
How will BJP fare?
Road for BJP is not all clear as far its game plan is anxious. BJP claims that it has the help of Bharatiya Tribal Party. But it was BTP who ensured Congress MP Ahmed Patel’s victory just a few years in the past.