Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls: Congress MLAs leave Neejanand Resort to cast votes
Four candidates are contesting for three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat. Photograph: (ANI)
Gujarat Congress MLAs left from Neejanand Resort in Anand to cast their votes in Monday’s biennial poll for three Rajya Sabha seats in the state.
The MLAs, who were in a hideaway in a Bengaluru resort, returned home on Monday to cast their votes in the polls.
After arriving in Ahmedabad on Monday morning, the MLAs were taken to another resort, Neejanand Resort.
44 Congress MLAs were flown out of Ahmedabad to Bengaluru on July 29 after 6 MLAs quit the party and three of them joined the BJP. The MLAs were kept in a resort near Bengaluru, hosted by Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar, to prevent any more defections.
Four candidates are contesting for three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat.
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel is contesting for a seat in the upper house of the Parliament.
BJP candidates include party chief Amit Shah, union minister Smriti Irani, and Congress defector Balwantsinh Rajput.
Each candidate needs 45 votes to win. Congress has 51 seats out of 182 in the Gujarat Assembly.