The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday received both Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat. One of the seats was held by late senior Congress chief Ahmed Patel.
With two dummy candidates withdrawing their nominations, BJP candidates Ram Mokariya and Dinesh Anavadiya have been elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.
According to Returning officer CB Pandya, two dummy candidates from the BJP — Rajnikant Patel and Kirit Solanki — withdrew their nominations on Saturday.
The byelections had been necessitated by the demise of Congress chief Ahmed Patel and BJP chief Abhay Bhardwaj final yr.
With the by-election for 2 seats being held individually, the Congress, having 65 MLAs in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, determined to not subject any candidate because it noticed no likelihood of profitable any seat. The BJP has 111 MLAs.