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All you need to know about today's Rajya Sabha polls

All you need to know about today's Rajya Sabha polls All you need to know about today's Rajya Sabha polls
Charlie Simmons | 25 March, 2018, 01:29

Mayawati said that the Bharatiya Janata Party tried to show its win in Rajya Sabha polls as "revenge" for the defeat in the bypolls to the Gorakhapur and Phulpur parliamentary constituencies but they forget that in Lok Sabha polls, people directly elect their representatives. BSP's Unnao legislator Anil Singh also cross-voted in favour of the BJP.

The BJP won nine of the 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh and one each in Karnataka, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Out of the 58 vacancies across 16 states, 33 candidates from 10 states had already been elected unanimously. BJP candidates in the fray from Uttar Pradesh are Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, Harnath Singh Yadav, G.

The BJP is expected to take its current tally of 58 to 69 MPs in the 245-strong upper house.

Voting will conclude at 4 pm following which counting will take place. To win, a candidate needed 46 votes and since BJP has 49 members in the 90-member assembly, her victory was a foregone conclusion.

After the elections, BJP is now the largest party in the Rajya Sabha but is still short of majority.

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The Allahabad high court order restraining BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari, lodged in Banda jail, from voting in the Rajya Sabha poll might also have upset the BSP plans.

The BJP's Sameer Uranv and the Congress's Dheeraj Sahu won the two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand. The Congress' winners are Syed Naseer Hussain and L Hanumanthaiah. Six candidates, including Congress nominee Abhisek Manu Singhvi, are in the fray for the five Rajya Sabha seats. "Two senior Congress MLAs, who cross-voted, were given ballots again by the Returning Officer to cast their votes for their nominated candidates", JD-S state president H.D. Kumaraswamy told the media.

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, Mayawati adjudged BJP's victory in the in the Rajya Sabha as immoral' and suggested that it can not make up for the party's loss in Gorakhpur and Phulpur byelections. Akhilesh did succeed in delivering all the "surplus" SP votes, including that of his estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav, to BSP.

The by-election was held to fill the vacancies arising out of the retirement of incumbent members Basawaraj Patil, Rahman Khan and R. Ramakrishna of the Congress and Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

"I have used my vote as per rules".

In Telangana, TRS candidates B Prakash, B Lingaiah Yadav and J Santosh Kumar were elected to the Rajya Sabha. The nominee of the main opposition Congress, P Balaram, lost the election, reported PTI. Bhediya, however, denied the allegation and accused the BJP polling agent of peeping in when she was casting her vote.

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