Voting for Rajya Sabha elections 2018 begins

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the winners.

"Congratulations to all those elected to the Rajya Sabha from various states and best wishes for their parliamentary career". HIGHLIGHTS - This is the victory of democracy and it is for the welfare of Uttar Pradesh: Mahendra Nath Pandey, BJP State President.

Challenges for the BSP candidate increased as BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari and SP's Hari Om Yadav - both in jail - were not allowed to vote by courts.

Nine BJP candidates who were elected to the Upper House of Parliament from Uttar Pradesh are Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, national general secretary Anil Jain, spokesman GVL Narasimha Rao, Vijay Pal Tomar, Kanta Kardam, Ashok Bajpai, Harnath Yadav, Sakaldeep Rajbhar and Anil Agarwal. According to the reports, Aggarwal may have polled less first preference votes - about 16- than the BSP candidate with 32 votes, he is expected to sail through because of the second preference votes.

Amidst high voltage drama, the counting of votes for 10 seats begun after a delay of more than two hours.

Kerala Congress (M), which has six MLAs, abstained from voting. After all, it was the BSP cadres who had toiled hard to ensure victories for SP in the recently held Phulpur and Gorakhpur by-elections, which seemed to have altered India's political landscape to a great extent.

The TMC's Subhasis Chakraborty, Abir Ranjan Biswas, Nadimul Haque, and Santanu Sen won. Oddly, some sections in the BJP felt that the jailbirds should have got an opportunity to vote, after all they were not convicted yet. BJP had filed 18 candidates for the biennial polls.

Kumar and his party remained part of the LDF till 2009 but shifted to the UDF camp after he was denied his sitting Lok Sabha seat of Kozhikode.

It will be the second term for Nadimul Haque in the upper house. BJP can easily win 8 of the 10 seats left. BJP and the Congress shared a seat each out of the 2 seats in Jharkhand. Pandey secured 51 votes while Sahu got only 36.

Congress's Chandrasekhar received 46 votes, Hanumanthaiah 44 and Hussain 42.

A 108 member strong voters elected the candidates in the Assembly. It has now widened the gap between it and the opposition Congress. - Telangana Rashtra Samithi's (TRS) B. Prakash, J. Santosh Kumar and AB. The TDP has six members in the House. "I thank all MLAs of BJP and allies".

Thus the total number of votes was 108. We are with the party whip with full loyalty. In Karnataka, the Congress won 3 and the BJP won a solitary seat out of the 4 seats. Seventeen of BJP nominees were among these 33. This election was different from earlier elections. There are three independents.

In the 140-member assembly, the LDF has 90 MLAs while the UDF 41 legislators. One vote of the LDF was declared invalid. The lone BJP member, O. Rajagopal, and independent member P.C. George also abstained.

One MLA of UDF ally IUML is on leave as he is unwell.

The ruling TRS bagged all three Rajya Sabha seats even as Congress candidate and former Union Minister P Balram Naik suffered a defeat in the polling held here on Friday.

BJP will look to gain one more seat from UP. Speculations on which lawmaker voted for which party buzzed loud.

Another legislator who did cross-voting was Nitin Agrawal of the SP, who cast his vote in favour of the BJP.

  • Joey Payne