- "Who'll vote for a losing candidate": Shankersinh Vaghela of Ahmed Patel
- Ahmed Patel, Sonia Gandhi's advisor, seeking a 5th Rajya Sabha term
- Mr Vaghela is believed to be author of the Congress rebellion in Gujarat
"When the Congress is not winning, what was the point in voting for Ahmed Patel? I haven't voted for Ahmed Patel," he declared.
Ahmed Patel told reporters: "So what? What difference does it make? Just wait for the results."
The Congress has 51 legislators in the Gujarat assembly, including Mr Vaghela, who remains a legislator after quitting Congress. The Congress has ordered all its legislators to vote for Ahmed Patel, warning that defiance will attract career-altering penalty.
At least six of these 51 are known loyalists of Mr Vaghela, who had been upset for a while that the party had refused to project him as Chief Minister when elections are held in Gujarat later this year.
This morning, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh appealed to him in a series of tweets, one of which said: "Don't forget what Congress has done for you. You are a Rajput. Please ensure Ahmed Bhai's victory. He has been our friend and supporter."
But Mr Vaghela, a former BJP stalwart, finally revealed his cards today, after casting his vote.
The Congress had learnt nothing, he said, despite repeated jolts and counsel from its leaders. "The Congress should not have played with the reputation of a Patel," he sneered.