Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Wednesday said his re-election to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat exposed the ruling BJP’s “personal vendetta and political terror”.
In a series of tweets after the results of the acrimonious polls were announced well past midnight, Patel said legislators who backed him “voted for an inclusive India”.
The results were announced after the Election Commission cancelled the votes of two Congress MLAs, in the last twist to the fortnight-long poll drama.
Patel’s re-election is being seen as a major victory for the Congress, which was besieged by back-to-back resignations from six of its lawmakers and forced to herd its flock to a resort near Bengaluru. The party had accused the ruling BJP of bribing and intimidating its MLAs to defect.
“This is not just my victory. It is a defeat of the most blatant use of money power, muscle power and abuse of state machinery,” Patel tweeted.
“BJP stands exposed of personal vendetta and political terror. People of Gujarat will give them a befitting reply in this year’s election,” he said in another tweet.