All you need to know about Rajya Sabha election 2018

25 March, 2018, 01:24 | Author: Diane Mills
  • TRS wins all three Rajya Sabha seats in Telangana

Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she stated that the saffron party indulged in malpractices and used force to unfairly win the elections while ensuring that the BSP candidate doesn't win at any cost. However, the independent MLA is believed to have voted in BJP's favour.

The BJP won 12 of the 25 seats that saw voting on Friday, nine from Uttar Pradesh and one each from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Karnataka.

There were 11 candidates for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats and 37 first preference votes were required for victory in each seat.

The winning candidates are - Arun Jaitley (BJP), GVL Narasimha Rao (BJP), Anil Jain (BJP), Sakal Deep Rajbhar (BJP), Harinath Singh Yadav (BJP), Ashok Bajpai (BJP), Anil Agarwal (BJP), Kanta Kardam (BJP), Vijaypal Singh Tomar (BJP) and Jaya Bachchan (SP). He also said that they were present for Thursday's meeting of the BJP and its allies.

The BJP now has 58 members in the Rajya Sabha followed by 54 of the Congress.

Counting of ballots will be taken up at 5 pm, an hour after the end of voting.

With 311 seats in the 404-member Assembly, the BJP easily won eight seats.

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This election is expected to allow the BJP to consolidate its position as the largest party in the Rajya Sabha.

Late at night, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said the victory would increase BJP's strength in Rajya Sabha and help in getting important laws passed.

The BJP's Sameer Uranv and the Congress's Dheeraj Sahu won the two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand, Returning Officer Vinay Singh said. The Yogi campaigned exhaustively for his candidate; he blamed the loss on "overconfidence" and an underestimation of the alliance between Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, whose parties last worked together almost two decades ago and have been enraged with each other ever since.

In Karnataka, BJP's Rajeev Chandrashekar was declared a victor along with Congress's L Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar, amidst a complaint and boycott by JD (S). The TRS has 90 MLAs, while AIMIM which has seven members, also extended support to the ruling party candidates. The nominee of the main opposition Congress, P Balaram, lost the election, reported PTI.

The opposition parties moved the poll panel against two MLAs who are believed to have cross-voted.

However, both the BSP and the SP lost three crucial votes. "Desh ki akhandata...desh ke gareeboon ko dhyan me rakhte hue vote diya", he said after voting. The elections are being held to fill the vacancies arising out of the retirement of 58 members of the upper house next month. Among the 58 outgoing parliamentarians, for which the Rajya Sabha polls were held, 17 are from the BJP.

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