Ahmed Patel wins Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat
Following a dramatic series of events that lasted till the wee hours of Wednesday, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel was re elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat along with BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani. Patel polled 44 votes, the required number to cross the line after the Election Commission declared two votes cast by rebel Congress legislators invalid. Shah and Irani received 46 votes each. Congress turncoat Balwantsinh Rajput registered only 38 votes.