That is against the rules of the game.
Talking to media after submitting a memorandum to the Commission, Mr Chidambaram cited its decision of cancellation of vote of Congress MLA in Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana previous year.
Mr. Goyal said the validity of votes could not be questioned now, demanding declaration of results after the counting of votes. This has happened in Haryana, Punjab and other states earlier. And Gujarat is special. While so segregating, the ballot papers shall be kept by the returning officer upside down because the serial number of the ballot papers are printed on the reverse side of ballot papers.
Earlier, two delegations of Congress approached the Commission complaining violation of voting procedure in the election. On the other hand, Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel announced that the saffron outfit differed with the EC's decision. While the Congress continued to cry foul about the BJP's "dirty tricks department", Amit Shah expectedly stayed focused on the RS battle.
Under the leadership of Shah, BJP has emphasised on booth management, which has reaped rich dividends for the ruling party. "I told him that I won't vote for Ahmed Patel till he apologises for this comment", he said. Why is this not being done in Gujarat?
The Congress had made candidature of Patel a matter of prestige. At one point, it was believed that the Congress without Vaghela would be wiped out in Gujarat. They were under the impression that he had only a couple of supporters but it turned out to be much more.
Chief Election Commissioner A.K. Joti and Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat were acting on a complaint by the Congress seeking rejection of the two votes on the ground that the two candidates showed their ballots to BJP President Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh Rajput, all three BJP candidates in the election.
Patel won by the skin of his teeth. Also the Congress leader who was a polling agent in this election tried to snatch one candidate's vote and even got up from his seat, thereby violating rules. He found it hard to vote against the BJP for fear of reprisal from its bosses.
Naik also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party has no right to stake claim to India's freedom movement as the party ideologues in the pre-Independence era colluded with the British. Total 176 MLAs voted but two votes were declared invalid.
"It was the most hard election for me but was confident of my win". Amit Shah, who has earned fame as BJP's master strategist, started working for the defeat of Ahmed Patel several months ago.
But Patel knows Modi and Shah better than anyone else, particularly the working of their minds. With this victory, we will have to set a target of winning more than 125 seats in the coming elections.
"It should have been an easier win", said a senior party functionary.