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Politics - 19 June, 2020

Congress wins two seats & BJP one in Rajya Sabha polls in Rajasthan

Congress won two seats in Rajasthan and the BJP won the third, whereas in MP the BJP won two and the Congress one in the Rajya Sabha polls held on Friday... #RajyaSabhapollresults

New Delhi: The ruling Congress won two of three Rajya Sabha seats for voting in Rajasthan while the BJP won the third on Friday. The score was flipped in Madhya Pradesh where the ruling BJP won two and Congress won one.

KC Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi of the Congress and Rajendra Gehlot of the BJP were elected to the Upper House from Rajasthan without any cross-voting.

In Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh Solanki were elected on BJP tickets while Digvijaya Singh won from the Congress.

In Karnataka, where elections were to be held for four seats, all the candidates -- former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, BJP candidates Iranna Kadadi and Ashok Gasti -- have been declared elected unopposed.

BJP nominee Nabam Rebia was also elected unopposed to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Arunachal Pradesh.

The build-up to the elections, in which 24 seats from 10 states were at stake, was marked by a resurgence of resort politics, resignations, switching sides and allegations of bribery. In two states, Gujarat and Rajasthan, the Congress whisked away its flock, accusing the BJP of attempts to buy its MLAs.

While voting was taken place on four seats in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat each, three in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan each, two have been vacant in Jharkhand and one each in Meghalaya, Mizoram and Manipur.

The drama was more elaborate in Gujarat, where the BJP had fought a pitched battle to grab the seat of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel three years ago, and narrowly missed. A comfortable majority in the Rajya Sabha is crucial for the BJP to pilot bills through the upper house. The NDA needs around 30 more seats to have majority in the upper house.

Hectic scenes were witnessed in eight states as polling began. While Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot were among the first leaders to cast their votes, BJP MLAs in Rajasthan were ferried to state assembly in three buses.

In Gujarat, Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Kesarisinh Solanki arrived in an ambulance to vote. He had to be admitted late on Thursday after he complained of chest pain. On the other hand, former CM Kamal Nath has hosted breakfast for 92 MLAs at his residence.

Voting for 18 seats was deferred due to the coronavirus pandemic. Later the Election Commission announced polls for four seats in Karnataka and one seat each in Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. Considering that the effective strength of the assembly is reduced to 172, a candidate will require support of minimum 35 MLAs to win, as per the RS election standard formula. Ten assembly seats are currently vacant — eight due to resignations of Congress MLAs and two due to court cases.

The election in Manipur is also likely to be interesting following the resignation of nine members of the ruling coalition and the opposition Congress pressing for a no-confidence motion against the N Biren Singh government. The BJP has fielded Leisemba Sanajaoba, the titular king of Manipur, while the Congress nominee is T Mangi Babu.

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