The elections for the 59 Rajya Sabha seats are underway with the BJP having won 28 and the Congress 10. Other parties including the TRS and the Trinamool Congress had won 20 seats among themselves.
There was a tough fight for the 10th Rajya Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, where the counting was marred by the allegations of cross-voting. Of the 58 seats going for the polls, the results for 48 had already been announced.
The saffron party had enough numbers for guaranteed eight seats in Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party too had no trouble in getting its lone candidate Jaya Bachchan safety sent to the Upper House. The fight was for the tenth seat, for which both the BJP and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party were fighting tooth and nail.
Mayawati had 18 votes, but she was hoping that the surplus votes of the SP and few defections from the BJP and the support from the independent MLAs may help her candidate secure the required 37 votes.
Mayawati was banking on the support from independent MLAs, two of them are Raja Bhaiyya, who she had jailed during her term as the UP chief minister. The other independent MLA in question was Vinod Saroj, who too had reportedly voted for the the BJP. Another bad news for the BSP was the fact that the SP’s Aman Mani Tripathi called Chief Minister Yogi Adityanatha immediately after casting his vote.
Mayawati had supported the SP candidates in the just concluded Lok Sabha bypolls in Phulpur and Gorakhpur, both were lost by the BJP even though these seats were the party’s traditional fiefdoms.
Congress pulled off an unexpected win from Jharkhand, where the BJP had fielded Sameer Uranv and Pradeep Kumar Sonthalia, while the Congress had nominated Dheeraj Sahu.
In the house of 80 members, the ruling BJP has 43 MLAs and its ally AJSU 4. Opposition Congress has 7 members, JMM 18, JVM(P) 2, BSP 1, MCC 1, CPIML(L) 1 and Independents 3.
Stay tuned for live updates:
- BREAKING: BJP wins 9th seat in Uttar Pradesh, takes its tally to 28. Setback to BSP-SP alliance
- Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to hold press conference at 10.40 PM
- BJP’s Anil Aggarwal seems to have won on the basis of second preference votes. BSP’s Bhim Rao Ambedkar reportedly secured only 32 seats, five less than the required number.
- In Bengal, TMC safely secures 4 seats, while Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi too gets elected with TMC support.