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The two disqualified votes that helped take Ahmed Patel over the line

The Congress leader retained his place in the Rajya Sabha after the Election Commission disqualified the votes of two rebel party legislators.

August 09, 2017 / 08:06 AM IST

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel finally retained his Rajya Sabha seat after a long-drawn-out battle that ended in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

The "chief trouble-shooter" of the Congress has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 1993 and had served in the Lok Sabha for 12 years before that.

Late drama

According to the Election Commission, the counting of votes was to begin at 5pm. With just 15 minutes to go for counting to begin, the Congress party raised an objection over two of its MLAs, Bholabhai Gohil and Raghavjibhai Patel, having shown their ballot papers to BJP President Amit Shah and asked for the cancellation of the two votes.