Satyamev Jayate,” tweeted Ahmed Patel after his win. “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,” he also tweeted, targeting the BJP.
Patel is political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and his win today in a face-off with the BJP’s master strategist Amit Shah is a big shot in the arm of the opposition party ahead of assembly elections later this year in Gujarat, where it has steadily lost ground to the BJP.
Patel won by the skin of his teeth. He needed 44 votes to win and he got 44 in a win aided by the Election Commission holding the votes of two Congress rebels invalid for showing their ballot papers to the BJP’s election agent. BJP’s Amit Shah and Smriti Irani got 46 votes each.