Bal­want Singh Ra­jput will File Le­gal Pe­ti­tion to Chal­lenge EC De­ci­sion: Bhu­pen­der Yadav

‘Re­sult would have been in BJP’s favour had EC not de­clared two votes in­valid’ Says polls ‘bring out anger Cong mem­bers have with the party’

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: BJP’s Gu­jarat in­charge Bhu­pen­der Yadav told ET on Wed­nes­day that rebel Congress leader Bal­want Singh Ra­jput — BJP’sthird­can­di­date—would­chal­lenge the EC de­ci­sion in court. EC had on Tues­day re­jected the votes of twoCon­gressMLAswho­had­shown their bal­lot pa­pers to per­sons other than their au­tho­rised party agent.

“It is clear that Ra­jput lost only be- cause of EC de­ci­sion, be­cause of the loss of two votes. He will chal­lenge that in court,” Yadav said.

He added the Gu­jarat Ra­jya Sabha polls had brought out the “anger and dis­ap­point­ment the Congress mem­bers had with the party” and it was clear from the way the party lost 16 of its MLAs. Pa­tel won the bit­terly-con­tested elec­tion in which Congress sup­port came down from 57MLAsto44.“Our­par­ty­fought re- ally well. It shows in the num­bers of MLAs the Congress party lost.”

The re­sult would not im­pact the up­com­ing state polls, Yadav said. “We be­lieve that the state wants sta­bil­ity and con­ti­nu­ity and our party mem­bers will work to­wards that. Our party pres­i­dent in his last ad­dress to the Gu­jarat assem­bly made it clear that the party will work hard for the state’s progress. Congress has never done jus­tice to the Narmada yo­jna or life of the poor and OBCs.” BJP lead­ers that ET spoke with said the re­sult would have been in their favour had EC not de­clared the two votes in­valid. They said it was much likely that Congress “had de­lib­er­ately planned to get the voted de­clared in­valid” to re­duce the req­ui­site num­ber to 44.

BJP’s Gu­jarat in-charge

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