Vote No. 44 from JD(U), Cong moves closer to Sharad camp

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Mr Vasava, who is known to be close to Ahmed Patel, said he made a decision to vote for the Congress candidate as "he is unhappy with the ruling party's works for the poor and tribal population" that he represents.

His congratulatory message to Patel assumes significance at a time, when the JD (U) has joined hands with the BJP to form the government in Bihar.

Sharad Yadav backs party's Gujarat MLA Chhotu Vasava who voted for Ahmed Patel.

It also revealed apparent fissures in the JDU, whose boss and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar just partnered with the BJP in his state, ditching Lalu Yadav and the Congress. The JDU's general secretary in Gujarat Ambalal Jadhav too said Mr Vasava had voted for the Congress candidate. Tyagi openly declared that the vote was for the BJP. "I voted for Ahmed Patel". Who is Tyagi to say anything. However, Vasava said that he voted for Congress' nominee Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha polls as the ruling BJP has done little for the tribal people and the poor. "How can I side with them", he told NDTV. On Tuesday during the Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat, JD (U) spokesperson said that the lone MLA had voted for the BJP. Vaghela, whose resignation from the Congress on July 21 triggered the crisis for the party, voted for BJP even though he had told Ahmed Patel even a day before polling that his vote was "reserved" for Patel, according to a source in the party. However, Kumar has been facing heat from Sharad Yadav, his senior colleague and leader of the parliamentary party in the Rajya Sabha. He is also hoping that a lawmaker from Sharad Pawar's NCP has voted for him.

On Tuesday evening, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sacked Arun Shrivastav, believed to be Yadav's confidante, from the post of the general secretary of the JD (U)'s Gujarat unit.

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