The ruling BJP increased its tally from the current 58 after the results of Rajya Sabha elections were declared Friday evening. The party’s largest share came from Uttar Pradesh, where it won 8 direct seats and trounced BSP-SP combine getting an independent candidate elected to the Upper House on second preference vote. Among senior leaders, Arun Jaitley too got elected from UP.
In Chhattisgarh, BJP general secretary Saroj Pandey has been declared elected to the Upper House. She defeated Congress candidate Lekhram Sahu in a direct contest. While Pandey secured 51 votes, Sahu bagged 36 votes.
In Kerala, MP Veerendra Kumar, President of Sharad Yadav faction of Janata Dal (U) state unit, has been declared elected. Kumar, polled 89 votes, while the opposition UDF candidate got 40 votes.
In Maharashtra, BJP’s Prakash Javadekar, Narayan Rane and V Muraleedharan, Kumar Ketkar from Congress, Ail Desai from Shiv Sena and NCP’s Vandana Chavan has won unopposed from their respective seats.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi was elected to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal. Four others from the Trinamool Congress were also elected from West Bengal. They included Abir Ranjan Biswas, Subhashis Chakraborty, Nadimul Haque and Santanu Sen.
Six candidates were in fray in the state for five Rajya Sabha seats.
In Telangana, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) won all the three seats. Congress was also in the fray on seat.
In Karnataka, Congress bagged three seats, while BJP won a single seat. While, in Jharkhand, both Congress and BJP won a seat each. While the BJP has fielded two candidates the opposition has jointly fielded Dhiraj Prasad Sahu of the Congress.
Biennial elections were held for 25 Rajya Sabha seats in six states including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.
The elections today come after 33 candidates were elected unopposed from 10 states on 15th March.