New Delhi: In quest for their 'much eluded' justice Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has decided to go to the court as he feels that the Election Commission has done great injustice to the BJP. Now it is a prestige issue for Rupani.
After watching the video, the Election Commission decided to declare invalid the votes of two MLAs for violating the Rajya Sabha poll code. Late night drama continued with a determined and confident Congress putting across its point and a jittery BJP contesting the same.
Vijay Rupani, suggest the reports, is all set to challenge the court order. Not happy with the Election Commission's last moment entry and the decision to declare the two votes of Raghavji and Gohil as invalid.
Ahmed tweeted his happiness thus: "I want to thank each & every MLA who voted for me despite unprecedented intimidation & pressure from BJP.They voted for an inclusive India. 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."
The victory that came as a major boost to Congress has been battered in many elections in the last three years and did not come easily given the fact that the whole of Tuesday was marked by high drama and allegations, counter-allegations and high-pitched legal battle in the Commission over votes of two rebel Congress MLAs. The first setback for the BJP came after the poll panel upheld the Congress complaint seeking rejection of the two votes by Bhola Bhai Gohil and Raghavji Bhai Patel, both loyalists of Shankarsinh Vaghela, who had shown their ballots to Shah and Irani against Conduct of Election Rules. The Commission rejected the arguments of a high-powered BJP delegation led by Arun Jaitley that the Commission had no power to intervene in the matter as retunring officer is the statutory authority to decide the validity or otherwise of ballot paper. This was countered by the Congress delegation that asserted the Commission was the only authority to decide on the issue in keeping with the precedents set by it in Haryana last year and in Rajasthan in 2000. News24Bureau