The Rajya Sabha elections

As many as six Congress MLAs in Gujarat, including party Chief Whip Balwantsinh Rajput, have quit the Congress to join the BJP. On July 29, the Election Commission had demanded a report from the BJP government in Gujarat over Congress’ horse-trading allegations.

The BJP has fielded Rajput to contest against Congress’ strong nominee Ahmed Patel for the Rajya Sabha elections. Besides Rajput, the BJPfielded party chief Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani for the other two Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat.