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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday expressed disapproval over the Election Commission's decision of disqualifying two rebel Congress MLAs over cross-voting and said that in the coming days, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will move court for justice.
Speaking to ANI, Rupani said, "Don't agree with EC's decision. In coming days we will fight a legal battle and will get justice."
He further refuted reports that the BJP used power and money to defeat Ahmed Patel and said that the dream of Congress-free nation will be fulfilled soon.
Senior Congress leader Patel retained his Rajya Sabha seat by winning 44 votes.
Shah will enter the Parliament as a member for the first time, while Irani will return for a second term.
Voting for the three Rajya Sabha seats was conducted on Tuesday, wherein the influential political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, the BJP Chief, Smriti Irani and ex-grand old party cadre Balwantsinh Rajput were in the fray.
"This is not just my victory. It is a defeat of the most blatant use of money power, muscle power and abuse of state machinery," Patel tweeted.
Congress had made candidature of Patel as a matter of prestige. The BJP also left no stone unturned to win all the three seats. The saffron pitted Balwantsinh, a recent acquisition from the Congress, against Patel knowing that Patel's defeat will bring huge embarrassment for Sonia Gandhi since he is her political secretary.
After the intense political developments, the Election Commission (EC) declared results for the three seats of the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. Total 176 MLAs voted in the crucial elections, but two votes were declared invalid.
Earlier in the evening, Congress had complained to the EC and said that the two MLAs showed their votes to unauthorized persons and demanded their votes should not be counted and should be rejected.
Congress said these MLAs showed their votes to Shah and Irani and independent candidate Balwantsinh Rajput instead of representative of Ahmed Patel.
Earlier, the constitutional expert Subhash Kashyap branded the Congress' demand to invalidate votes of two of its rebels over cross-voting as a "political drama."
Kashyap asserted that if there was any objection, the Congress should have raised it during polling.
Speaking to ANI here, he said, "It is not legal issue but a political drama. If there was objection, should have been raised during polling."
Congress suffered major blow ahead of the RS polls when six of its Gujarat MLAs joined BJP. Panicked Congress sent its 44 MLAs to Bengaluru and termed the move as a bid to save its legislatures from the horse-trading by the BJP.
The political environment was also heated when the Income Tax Department on July 29 raided Karnataka Energy Minister DK Shivakumar's Bengaluru residence and resort, where Congress' 44 MLAs were staying.
After the Congress branded the raids as a "political witch-hunt" by the BJP, the IT department asserted that the raids at Karnataka Energy Minister's residence and resort had nothing to do with the Gujarat's Congress MLAs staying at the resort.
The Congress also created ruckus in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha over the IT raids at the resort.
Patel's victory has acted as booster for the Congress ahead of the crucial assembly elections in the state.