With the Congress not fielding its candidates for the two vacant Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat, the two candidates fielded by the BJP— Dinesh Prajapati and Rambhai Mokariya—have won the election unopposed.
Notably, the two candidates were declared as winners by the Election Commission after the scrutiny of their forms. With the victory, the total tally of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat increased to eight. Gujarat has total 11 Rajya Sabha MPs.
Dinesh Prajapati and Rambhai Mokariya on Thursday filed their nominations for the two vacant Rajya Sabha seats in the presence of Gujarat BJP president CR Patil, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja, agriculture minister RC Faldu and other top BJP leaders.
Congress does not have the numbers
After the filing of the nominations last week, Nitin Patel had said that Congress did not field its candidates for the Rajya Sabha election as it was aware that it does not have the required numbers to win the seats. Since Congress has not fielded any candidates, both the BJP candidates will be elected unopposed after their forms are scrutinised, Patel had said.
Notably, the election for the two vacant seats was supposed to be held on March 1 from 9 am to 4 pm, after which the counting of votes was supposed to start on the same day at 5 pm.
Rajya Sabha seats turned vacant
Two Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat turned vacant after the demise of Congress leader Ahmed Patel and BJP’s Abhay Bharadwaj. While Ahmed Patel passed away on November 25 last year, Abhay Bhardwaj died on December 1.
What BJP candidates said
Rambhai Mokariya, after filing his nomination, had said that he would try to raise the issues being faced by common people and get them resolved. He also said that he would try to draw attention towards the issue of arrest of fishermen and help the community.
Similarly, Dinesh Prajapati had said that his first priority will be to ensure the availability of basic services to the people. He said that he would try to resolve the issues faced by people in the state.
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