Ahmed Patel thanks Sharad Yadav for 'support'

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The confrontation received a build up from various television channels, which continuously ran the story for several days, adding to the drama; leading lights of both parties trooped in and out of the Election Commission to support their case, following questions being raised over the validity of two votes cast by two Congress MLAs. The Congress President will chalk out future political strategies for secular parties.

If the BJP was really keen on preventing Ahmed Patel from entering the Rajya Sabha for the third time then it would have fielded a political heavyweight like Shankersinh Vaghela, a former Congressman, against him.

Yechury also walked out of the meeting saying the CPI (M) has chose to launch an independent peoples' struggle on twin issues of agrarian crisis and unemployment to build a popular alternative narrative to the propaganda unleashed bu the Modi-led BJP. Youngsters from across the country are calling me up and are excited to join the Congress.

While Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi conveyed her appreciation for his role in ensuring the victory of her political secretary in the election which allegedly crossed all limits of inducements, betrayal, use of money and muscle power, Ahmed Patel profusely thanked Shivakumar.

Here is a decoding of what happened in the Rajya Sabha contest saga. We are back with a never-seenbefore unity, energy and killer instinct to wipe off the BJP in Gujarat. This is because the electorate in a Rajya Sabha stand-off comprises seasoned politicians, who have all come up to this level after scoring a positive verdict from the general people.

Shivakumar has emerged the hero of the Gujarat poll battle as he lived up to the faith of the party high command in shielding the 44 Gujarat Congress MLAs from the reach of BJP's tentacles when his own political survival was under threat in the form of I-T raids on his premises.

While senior NCP leader Praful Patel publicly declared that their party was boycotting the meeting, the Congress put up a courageous face, stating that Pawar had called to say that he would have personally participated in the meeting but was unable to do so as he was unwell. Overall, Modi continues to be the tallest mass leader. She certainly would have been targeted had the Congress lost this seat. Also, crucial assembly polls are scheduled this year end in Gujarat. The Congress has to put its house in order, and concurrently project someone as its potential torch-bearer in the state. I was the youngest MP at the time.

What implications will your victory have on the Congress? The Gujarat victory is expected to change the political fortunes of Shivakumar, who was disappointed after his bid for the KPCC President's post came a cropper.

Ahmed Patel's spectacular victory should motivate the workers and their representatives to do bigger things. Patel and his contemporaries have had eventful innings, and at best, can be mentors. Just as Gavaskar and Kapil Dev can no longer win matches for India, the Congress has to find its own Virat Kohlis and Ashwins.

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