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Counting of votes for 3 Gujarat RS seats begins

Press Trust of India  |  Gandhinagar 

Counting of votes for the high- stakes to the three seats of began here tonight after a delay of seven hours, following the decision of the Commission to invalidate the votes of two rebel MLAs.

"Counting of votes has began for the three seats," a polling agent of the party said.

The counting of votes was to start at 5 pm, but it was delayed after the moved the EC demanding cancellation of the votes of the two party MLAs who allegedly showed their ballots to chief before casting them in violation of rules.

Late in the night, the poll panel rejected the votes cast by Congress MLAs Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavjibhai Patel, and gave the go ahead for counting of votes, after hearing three delegations each of the Congress and the and viewing the video recording of the voting process.

The has nominated Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani for two seats from the state and they would sail through.

For the third seat, it fielded Balwantsinh Rajput, the Congress chief whip in the until a few days ago, to take on Ahmed Patel, the high-profile political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 01:02 IST