BJP wins eight out of 16 Rajya Sabha seats while Congress bags five seats
The BJP registered a win in eight out of 16 Rajya Sabha seats in the four states while Congrees bagged five seats in a fiercely contested battle. The biennial elections to Upper House of Parliament were held for six seats in Maharashtra, four each in Karnataka and Rajasthan along with two seats in Haryana yesterday.The results for all four States were declared early morning today.
Counting was held up in two states — Haryana and Maharashtra – for over eight hours amid complaints of cross-voting and rules violation.
In Maharashtra, where counting of votes was hugely delayed, the ruling alliance of Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar’s NCP and the Congress won three out of six seats while the BJP bagged three seats. The BJP winners include Union Minister Piyush Goyal, former state Minister Anil Bonde and party leader Dhananjay Mahadik.
NCP’s Praful Patel, Congress’ Imran Pratapgadi and Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut were also elected to Rajya Sabha from the state.
Both BJP and the Shiv Sena approached the Election Commission in Maharashtra, alleging cross-voting and seeking disqualification of votes.
In Haryana, BJP candidate Krishan Lal Panwar and Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma, backed by the party and its ally JJP, have won the two Rajya Sabha seats.
In Karnataka, the BJP won three seats and the Congress got one seat. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, actor politician Jaggesh and MLC Lehar Singh Siroya have been elected to Rajya Sabha from BJP, while the Congress’s Jairam Ramesh won the remaining one seat. Mansoor Ali Khan from Congress and the JD(S) candidate Kupendra Reddy could not garner enough votes.
In Rajasthan, the Congress won three of the four Rajya Sabha seats while one seat was won by the BJP. Randeep Singh Surjewala, Mukul Wasnik and Pramod Tiwari were the winners from Congress. Ghanshyam Tiwari clinched one seat for the BJP in the state.