At his first press conference here after the debacle, Vaghela appearing rattled with the sudden turn of events, claimed that Patel's victory had been pre-planned.
It was still going to be a tight-rope walk as Karamsinh Patel, who was among the group of 44 MLAs who were whisked away to Bengaluru, defied the Congress whip and cross-voted.
Earlier, on the day of voting, the Congress had complained to the EC, saying that two of its MLAs showed their votes to unauthorised persons and demanded their votes should not be counted and should be rejected.
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Union Minister Piyush Goel said, the Congress is crying foul after seeing possible defeat in the polls. For the Congress and the BJP the honours were split. The Congress need not worry about them now.
While the political high drama ended in Congress victory, the party is still insecure with more dissents expected in the days to come, say political observers. Why is this not being done in Gujarat?
The meeting was convened by Patel to thank the MLAs who stood by him against "all kind of offers from the BJP", party leaders said.
The Congress had made candidature of Patel a matter of prestige.
Patel, the powerful Political Secretary of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, won by the skin of his teeth. "This was the toughest election that I have fought in my life", Patel told Congress MLAs at Gandhinagar Circuit House.
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USA crude CLcv1 fell 0.55 percent to $49.12 per barrel and Brent LCOcv1 was last at $52.03, down 0.65 percent on the day. The benchmark index tumbled 1.3 percent on Wednesday to hit the weakest closing since May 31 in the wake of U.S.
Eight Congress MLAs cross-voted in favour of the BJP candidate Balwantsinh Rajput as also the two NCP legislators who turned their back on the party leadership to support the BJP. The other MLAs, who voted for the BJP, can join the party. He found it hard to vote against the BJP for fear of reprisal from its bosses. "All this will be challenged in the court of law", said Vaghela, who is related to Rajput.
Soon thereafter, a BJP delegation of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman and Dharmendra Pradhan met the Election Commission seeking immediate counting of votes.
In such a scenario, Patel's team appears to be erring on the side of caution.
"Much of the credit for the survival of democracy goes to the Election Commission " and this is a huge relief because of the times we live in. "Amit Shah is now here".
But Patel knows Modi and Shah better than anyone else, particularly the working of their minds.
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In commodities, US crude fell 0.67 percent to $49.23 per barrel and Brent was last at $52.58, down 0.23 percent on the day. Despite today's jump, gold still sits well below its 52-week high of over $1,350 per ounce, which it reached last summer.
'Big win for democracy; will boost morale of Congress workers.
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