Rajya Sabha polls: Senior leaders elected unopposed

RSTV Bureau

Several Members of Rajya Sabha have been elected unopposed to the upper house on Friday. Polling officers of Assam, Andhra, Telangana, Bihar and Punjab declared the results of the biennial polls. Seats that did not have unopposed candidates will go to polls on June 11.

Here is the state wise list of candidates who have been declared elected by polling officials on June 3.

Assam

JP MLA Dilip Kumar Paul was today unanimously elected deputy speaker of Assam assembly. Speaker Ranjeet Kumar Dass said two proposals were received – one each from BJP and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in favour of Paul.

There was no nomination against him, making his election an unopposed one. Paul, a two-time MLA from Silchar, was nominated by BJP’s Chandra Mohan Patowary and AGP’s Phani Bhusan Choudhury

Andhra Pradesh

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu receives the winning certificate from Returning Officer K Satyanarayan after being elected to Rajya Sabha, at Assembly in Hyderabad on Friday. Photo -PTI

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu receives the winning certificate from Returning Officer K Satyanarayan after being elected to Rajya Sabha, at Assembly in Hyderabad on Friday. Photo -PTI

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology YS Chowdary has been elected unanimously to Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh.

The other two candidates T G Venkatesh and V Vijaysai Reddy have also been elected unopposed in the biennial election to the Council of States.

Prabhu is a BJP nominee supported by the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP).  Chowdary and Venkatesh are TDP candidates, while Vijaysai is the lone opposition YSRC nominee.

Bihar

RJD candidates Misa Bharti, JD(U) candidate Sharad Yadav, R.C.P. Sinha and BJP candidate Gopal Narayan Singh after they were elected to the Rajya Sabha.  PIB-Photo.

RJD candidates Misa Bharti, JD(U) candidate Sharad Yadav, R.C.P. Sinha and BJP candidate Gopal Narayan Singh after they were elected to the Rajya Sabha.
PIB-Photo.

JDU leader Sharad Yadav, Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani and RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti were among five candidates declared elected unopposed for Rajya Sabha from Bihar today.

Other two candidates who triumphed without a contest include JD(U) nominee Ramchandra Prasad Singh and BJP nominee Gopal Narayan Singh.

Biennial elections were held to fill five Rajya Sabha and seven Legislative Council seats. With this, the tally of parties for the 16 Upper House seats from

Bihar will be JD(U) 9, BJP 5 and RJD 2.

Chhattisgarh

Ramvichar Netam of ruling BJP and Congress leader Chhaya Verma elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Chhattisgarh.

“Both have been elected unopposed,” said the Assembly’s Principal Secretary Devendra Verma.

Of the five Rajya Sabha members from Chhattisgarh, the term of two expire in June, other three members from state are Bhushan Lal Jangde and Ranvijay Pratap Singh Judeo of BJP and Motilal Vora of Congress.

Parshottam Rupala Filling of the Form for Rajya Sabha. Credit:Twitter/prupala

Parshottam Rupala Filling of the Form for Rajya Sabha.
Credit:Twitter/prupala

Gujarat

BJP national vice president Parshottam Rupala was today elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat as the Congress did not field a candidate.

“Rupala has been elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha as no other candidate was in the fray,” said the returning officer and Gujarat Assembly Secretary D M Patel.

The election became necessary because of the death of the Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pravin Rashtrapal.

Even if Congress were to field anybody, Rupala’s victory was certain as BJP enjoys a majority in the Assembly with 121 seats out of total 182. Rupala (61), who hails from Amreli district, is considered an influential Patel leader from Saurashtra. He has been the state BJP president (2006-09) as well as a Rajya Sabha member earlier (2008-2014). He also served as a minister in the Gujarat Government from 1995 to 2002.

Maharashtra

Mumbai: Congress leader P Chidambaram with his senior party colleagues Prithviraj Chavan, Sushilkumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan, at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai. Photo-PTI

Mumbai: Congress leader P Chidambaram with his senior party colleagues Prithviraj Chavan, Sushilkumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan, at Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai. Photo-PTI

Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal and senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram were elected to Rajya Sabha from Maharashtra without any competition.

Others elected are former union minister Praful Patel (NCP), BJP’s Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme and Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, who had filed their papers for the biennial elections.

Chidambaram did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls while his son Karti had unsuccessfully fought from his native Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu

Six Rajya Sabha nominees, four from AIADMK and two belonging to DMK, were elected unanimous to the Upper House from Tamil Nadu on 3rd June.

AIADMK candidates R Vaithilingam, A Navaneethakrishnan, A Vijayakumar, former Union Minister S R Balasubramoniyan, DMK nominees R S Bharathi and T K S Elangovan were declared elected to fill the vacancies of the six members who will retire on June 29 this year, Assembly Secretary and Returning Officer, A M P Jamaludeen said in a statement.

With the election of four MPs, the strength of ruling AIADMK will go up to 12 from the present 11 in Rajya Sabha.  There will be no change in the number of DMK MPs which will continue to be four.

TRS candidate Capt. V. Laxmikantha Rao (retd) receiving certificate after being elected to Rajya Sabha. Photo-PTI

TRS candidate Capt. V. Laxmikantha Rao (retd) receiving certificate after being elected to Rajya Sabha.
Photo-PTI

Telangana

Senior TRS leaders D Srinivas and Captain V Lakshmikanta Rao were today elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Telangana. No other nomination had been filed. The biennial election was to fill two vacancies.

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) enjoys a strength in Legislative Assembly. In the 120-member Telangana Legislative Assembly, TRS has 82 members.

Srinivas, a former state Congress president who was a senior minister in the government of undivided Andhra Pradesh, joined TRS last July. At present, he is an adviser to the Telangana government on the inter-state issues.

Lakshmikanta Rao, who has served in the defence forces, is a senior leader of TRS.

Congress candidate Ambika Soni along with PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh and other members submitting nomination papers for Rajya Sabha at Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Photo-PTI

Congress candidate Ambika Soni along with PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh and other members submitting nomination papers for Rajya Sabha at Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
Photo-PTI

Punjab

Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni and Shiromani Akali Dal’s Balwinder Singh Bhunder were ‘elected unopposed’ on Friday to the Rajya Sabha from Punjab.

The current terms of Soni and Bhunder, who are sitting Rajya Sabha members, end on July 4. Both the leaders were present in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretary’s office who declared them elected.

The biennial elections to 57 seats in Rajya Sabha are necessitated as 55 members from 15 states are retiring between June and August. The deadline to file nominations for the biennial elections of Rajya Sabha has ended on May 31 for the 57 seats. Scrutiny of nomination papers was held on June 1.