Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates Dineshchamdra Jemalbhai Ananvadiya and Rambhai Harjibhai Mokariya won both seats for Rajya Sabha of Gujarat on Monday.
The seats had become vacant following the disappearance of Congressman Ahmed Patel and BJP MP Abhay Ganpatray Bhardwaj.
Two separate bypolls took place to occupy two seats due to the death of MM. Patel and Bhardwaj.
Last Thursday was the last date for the submission of candidatures, but Congress had not presented any candidates. The two BJP nominees were already expected to be elected without opposition by the state.
Patel had been elected five times to the upper house in Gujarat, his home state, and had served Congress in various capacities, including its treasurer. Patel was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2017 in a fierce competition that generated widespread interest. He had suffered complications from COVID-19 and died in November last year in a hospital in Gurgaon.
Abhay Bhardwaj, a BJP MP and sitting lawyer for Rajkot, elected to the upper house in June 2020, died in December while undergoing treatment for COVID-19.
Sources said Congress decided not to field a candidate because it did not have the numbers after the Election Commission decision to hold “two separate by-elections” to fill vacant state posts.
In the Gujarat assembly, made up of 180 members, the Congress has 65 deputies while the BJP has 111.
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