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Gujarat’s Lone JD(U) MLA Keeps Cards Close To His Chest Over Rajya Sabha Poll

Last week, Chhotubhai Vasava had pledged his support for Ahmed Patel. However, on Friday he said that there are still 3 or 4 days to go before the voting and he will decide before August 8.

Meghdoot Sharon | CNN-News18

Updated:August 4, 2017, 9:21 PM IST
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Gujarat’s Lone JD(U) MLA Keeps Cards Close To His Chest Over Rajya Sabha Poll
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel. (PTI photo)
Ahmedabad: Even as the Congress struggles to keep its flock of Gujarat MLAs together to ensure a win for senior party leader Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha election on August 8, the lone JDU MLA in the state, Chhotubhai Vasava says he has not yet decided which party to vote for.

Last week, soon after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar announced his decision to quit Mahagathbandhan and join NDA, Vasava had pledged his support for Patel.

“I am yet to make up my mind regarding my Rajya Sabha election vote,” Vasava told News18. He added there are still 3 or 4 days to go before the voting and he will decide before August 8.

Interestingly, Vasava accompanied Patel when he had filed nomination for Rajya Sabha in Gandhinagar. “Ahmed Patel is a public figure and a politician. I see no harm in accompanying him. After all I have known Patel for a very long time,” said Vasava.

When asked if he was being approached by the BJP or the Congress for his precious vote in the close fight, Vasava said, “Yes, both parties are in touch with me. And what is wrong if both parties are in touch with me? I will speak to both parties and see which party offers better benefits to the tribals and adivasis of central Gujarat. I will then decide.”

Vasava won the Jhagadia seat of central Gujarat on JDU ticket in 2007 and 2012 Gujarat Assembly polls. Before this, he had won the seat on Gujarat Adivasi Vikas Paksh ticket. He had formed the GAVP with the aim of representing adivasi and tribal rights in the Gujarat Assembly.

Vasava said that the recent alliance between the JDU and the BJP in Bihar will have no bearing on his vote in the August 8 Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat. “The alliance between Nitish Kumar and the BJP in Bihar has nothing to do with the Gujarat scenario. My vote will be for the party that offers better schemes for the tribals,” he said.
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