Rajya Sabha polls: Voting over, all eyes on results | India News


NEW DELHI: As voting for the elections to fill the vacant 18 seats spread across 8 states in Rajya Sabha ended, all eyes are now on the results with the contest being a close affair between the Congress and BJP.
Given the changing political equations in Manipur, where the BJP-led government is on a sticky wicket after nine members of the ruling coalition resigned, the polling process for the only Rajya Sabha seat was undertaken in the midst of tight security.
Here are the top developments on the polls:
BJP raises objection over Cong MLA casting vote
The BJP raised objection over Congress MLA Wajib Ali, who has recently returned from abroad, casting his vote in the Rajya Sabha polls, alleging that he violated the quarantine norms.
The Nagar MLA wore a PPE suit before casting vote in the assembly building.
Ali is among six legislators who won the 2018 assembly elections on BSP ticket and later defected to the Congress.
BJP MLA skips voting for RS seat in Mizoram
The lone BJP MLA in Mizoram did not vote in the elections for the single Rajya Sabha seat in which NDA ally MNF is locked in a triangular fight, prompting chief minister Zoramthanga to say that ties are issue-based and his party has the right to say “yes or no” on emerging matters.
Buddha Dhan Chakma abstained from voting because the saffron party did not have a candidate, according to state BJP president Vanlalhmuaka.
Though an ally of the NDA at the Centre, the ruling Mizoram National Front (MNF) does not work with the BJP in Mizoram.
Mishra accuses Congress of betwraying dalit leader
Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra accused the Congress of betraying the party’s dalit leader, Phool Singh Baraiya, by placing him as the second preference nominee in the Rajya Sabha polls held in the state.
Voting for the three vacant Rajya Sabha seats in MP were held in the state assembly complex earlier in the day.
While the BJP had fielded senior leader and former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and former professor of a government college Sumer Singh Solanki, the Congress had fielded party veteran Digvijaya Singh and dalit leader Phool Singh Baraiya.
“The Congress has betrayed the dalit leader. Why did the Congress field him as its second nominee when it did not have the number on their side to make him win?” Mishra said.
170 MLAs cast vote in Gujarat
Of the 172 MLAs eligible to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, 170 legislators cast their votes, while two others from the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) stayed away from the process after they demanded a written assurance about the welfare of tribals, migrants and dalits.
While the BJP had fielded three candidates, two candidates were in the fray from the Congress.
Rajya Sabha election for four seats in Gujarat became necessary as the BJP decided to field a third candidate, taking the number of candidates in the fray to five.
While the Congress had fielded Shaktisinh Gohil and Bharatsinh Solanki, the BJP had fielded Abhay Bhardwaj, Ramilaben Bara and Narhari Amin.
Barring 2 TDP MLAs, others cast votes in RS polls in AP
Barring two of the opposition TDP, all other 173 MLAs of the Andhra Pradesh assembly cast their votes to elect four members from the state to the Rajya Sabha in the biennial election.
Telugu Desam Legislature Party deputy leader K Atchannaidu could not cast his vote as he’s undergoing treatment in hospital under judicial remand following his arrest last week in the ESI scam, Legislature sources said.
Another TDP member Anagani Satya Prasad did not come citing “home quarantine” while three of its rebel MLAs exercised their franchise towards the flag end of the polling process, which ended at 4 pm.
Pilot confident of Congress’ victory in RS polls in Rajasthan
The ruling Congress in Rajasthan expressed confidence that the party will win the Rajya Sabha polls.
Deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot claimed that efforts were made to “create confusion” and spread rumour, but the candidates nominated by the AICC are going to win.
The Congress has nominated K C Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi for the polls, while the BJP has fielded Rajendra Gehlot and Onkar Singh Lakhawat.



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