BJP has captured both the Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat. BJP’s Dineshchandra Jamalbhai Ananavadia and Rambhai Harjibhai Mokaria won. Both these seats in Gujarat were vacant after the death of Ahmed Patel (Ahmed Patel Rajya sabha seat) of Congress and Abhay Ganpatrai Bhardwaj of BJP.
The seat vacated by the death of Ahmed Patel
Ahmed Patel Rajya sabha seat died on 25 November last year due to complications related to Kovid-19. He was an MP from that seat since 1993. The second seat was vacant after the death of BJP member Abhay Bhardwaj. He was first elected to the Upper House in 2019. He died of corona virus on December 1. Election officer CB Pandya on Monday announced that Anavadia and Mokaria were elected unopposed. Monday was the last date to withdraw the name.
Congress did not field any candidate
Two of the BJP’s ‘dummy’ candidates Rajinikanth Patel and Kirit Solanki withdrew their nominations on Saturday. The by-elections for both the seats of Rajya Sabha were to be separated. The Congress has 65 MLAs in the 182-member Assembly and decided not to field any candidate as the chances of victory were negligible. The BJP has 111 MLAs.
Who is Rambhai Mokariya
Rajya Sabha MP Rambhai Mokariya is the founder CMD of Maruti Corriars and an old BJP worker in Rajkot. Rambhai was a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad since 1974 and later joined the Jana Sangh in 1978. He has been with the BJP since then. Mokaria hails from the Brahmin community.
Shock to congress
The Congress has suffered a setback in the Rajya Sabha elections. One seat of the Congress part also went to the BJP. Ahmed Patel, senior Congress leader and Khas of Gandhi, died on November 25 last year. The seat was vacant only after his death. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in the 2017 election. His term was till August 2023. He had represented the Rajya Sabha five times. At the same time, Abhay Bhardwaj of BJP died on December 1.