Telangana: Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi wins all three Rajya Sabha seats

by Abel Hampton March 25, 2018, 1:38
Telangana: Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi wins all three Rajya Sabha seats

The BJP had queered the poll pitch by fielding a ninth candidate for whom at least nine MLAs from rival ranks cross-voted, defying party line and defeating the BSP nominee BR Ambedkar.

The biennial Rajya Sabha elections for 16 States covering 58 seats of the 245-member House began this morning.

The Left Democratic Front-backed Independent candidate, M.P. Veerendrakumar, was declared elected to the Rajya Sabha in the elections held for the lone seat from Kerala on Friday.

BJP candidate Saroj Pandey defeated Congress' Lekhram Sahu by a comfortable margin, getting also the votes two MLAs who cross voted in her favour. The two members of the ruling party voted again after they had committed technical errors in the ballot paper. 17 Rajya Sabha seats for the Bharatiya Janaya Party and 12 from the Congress will be filled next month in April as three nominated members including actress Rekha, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and social worker Anu Aga will retire. They exerted all their force to ensure that the BSP candidate does not win at any cost.

Hitting out at the Congress, H D Kumaraswamy said chief minister Siddaramaiah as part of his "bhagya" schemes has provided even "Mathadhara Bhagya" (polling bhagya) in the state for its own legislators. The tenth seat was bagged by Jaya Bachchan of Samajwadi Party.

In the recent elections, BJP won 29 seats whereas Congress had to be satisfied by nine, Trinamool by four, TRS and BJD by three each, JD-U, TDP and RJD by two each and SP, Shiv Sena, NCP and YSRC one seat each.

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Of the 40 JD-S members, seven rebel legislators voted for the Congress, making its third candidate (Chandrasekhar) get 46 votes.

Till results last came in, the BJP was comfortably placed to win eight out of ten seats in UP.

The 10th seat became the bone of a highstake contention after a surprise pact between SP and BSP where the latter agreed to back Akhilesh Yadav's candidates in Gorakhpur and Phulpur LS by-polls in exchange for the transfer of surplus Samajwadi votes for Mayawati's RS candidate. Counting was delayed as SP and BSP moved Election Commission (EC), alleging that Anil and Agrawal did not show their votes to the agent of the party before casting. The Congress fashioned a dramatic victory, winning despite having only seven votes. The Congress' winners are Syed Naseer Hussain and L Hanumanthaiah.

West Bengal, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Kerala will also feature in the polls.

Altogether six candidates, including Congress nominee Abhisek Manu Singhvi, are in the fray for the five Rajya Sabha seats from West Bengal. Parties like AIADMK, TRS and YSR Congress, which will have a combined strength of about 21 after new members take oath, have often supported the government's legislative agenda in the Rajya Sabha.

Reports said that BJP has given votes of 37 each to Arun Jatiely, Anil Jain and GLV Narsimha Rao so that they can win in the first round of counting while similar has been planned for SP candidate Jaya Bachchan.

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