Last week, the Income Tax department had also raided several premises owned by Karnataka Minister D.K. Shivakumar and his family, including Bengaluru's Eagleton Resort where the 44 Gujarat Congress legislators were staying.
Gohil refuted reports that the legislators would be flown to Delhi to meet the Congress president.
When the Election Commission declared the votes of two Congress MLAs who voted for the BJP and violated rules by showing their votes to an unauthorised person in the polling booth, the BJP suffered a major embarrassment. The BJP don't have the numbers. Patel added that he is pretty much confident of his win.
He also alleged that the saffron party was spreading "false reports" that the MLAs would use the "NOTA" option in the polls to defeat Patel.
Conngress MLAs were taken to Bengaluru after resignations of six MLAs from the party ahead of Rajya Sabha polls. All of the 44 Congress MLAs, who were staying in a Bengaluru resort for the past few days, left for another resort, this time in Nijanand in Anand, after reached Ahmedabad.
Vaghela said if the Congress top leadership had not ignored his advice there would have been no need to send party MLAs to Gujarat.
The BJP fielded Shah, Irani and Congress turncoat Balwantsinh Rajput, considered a pitch-queering contestant against Patel.
Earlier, the Congress accused the BJP of trying to poach its MLAs by offering a bribe of Rs 15 crore each to cross-vote in the Rajya Sabha polls.
The election was projected as a battle of grit, wit and nerve between the chief strategists of the two principal national parties - Congress president Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Patel and BJPchief Shah.
He also said it was one of his most hard elections. With another two cross-voting, the chances of Patel appeared weak as he would have had to rely entirely on the votes of one Janata Dal (United) MLA, two legislators of Nationalist Congress Party and one member of the Gujarat Parivartan Party to finish at the third position. "I voted for Ahmed Patel". The Opposition party had resorted to this step after six MLAs quit from the party within days of each other, three of whom joined the BJP. Shah and Irani won comfortably as the party has 122 lawmakers in the assembly. Ahmed Patel has huge influence on the party's top leadership.