A day before the all-important voting for biennial elections to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat - one person whose political fate has come under focus is Ahmed Patel, Political Secretary to the Congress President.The Congress strength in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly has slashed to 51 from 57 as six legislators have quit the party. The Congress claims to have the support of the requisite 45 MLAs required to ensure Ahmed Patel's victory, but the BJP camp has said that such attempts would fail. “The BJP will win three seats and Ahmed Patel will definitely lose,” Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said in Ahmedabad.
BJP national president Amit Shah is more than keen to humble Sonia Gandhi's trusted aide in his home turf tomorrow. Ahmed Patel is seeking re-election to the Upper House for the fifth term. A section of Gujarat BJP leaders are working overtime to ensure the defeat of Ahmed Patel, whose ascendancy as Sonia Gandhi's 'eyes and ears' coincided with the mayhem of 2002. The political secretary to AICC president - over the years - has certainly emerged a key king maker and a master strategist in the art of backroom operation.