New Delhi: Be it the GST bill or land acquisition bill, the ruling NDA government has always fallen short of numbers in the Rajya Sabha to push these key legislations ahead. Now, in a desperate bid to increase its numbers in the Rajya Sabha, BJP has supported some independent candidates to ensure the Congress is not able to grab anything extra.
The counting of votes will be held up at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Haryana- The BJP does not have numbers to get two candidates elected. It is believed that Union Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh will be elected without much effort.
Uttar Pradesh- BJP has supported an independent candidate Preeti Mahapatra and Congress' Kapil Sibal is banking on Mayawati's BSP and Ajit Singh’s RLD to reach the Rajya Sabha. At least 12 candidates are vying for 11 seats.
Jharkhand- BJP's Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is likely to be elected to the first seat. The party is backing an independent against Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's Basant Soren. Soren is being supported by the Congress. The voting will take place for two seats.
Karnataka- Five nominees, including three from the Congress and one each from the BJP and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) are in the fray
Rajasthan- Four BJP candidates and one Independent candidate supported by the Congress are fighting for five seats.
Madhya Pradesh- Three seats are being contested for and the BJP is likely to get two of them and an Independent the party is supporting has challenged the Congress. The Congress' candidate is short of just one vote. The BJP has the required numbers. However, there will be a contest between the BJP and the Congress for the third seat.
Uttarakhand- The Congress' Pradeep Tamta faces opposition from two independent candidates. Here, three candidates are in the fray for lone seat.
Rajya Sabha or Council of States is a permanent house with 245 members. In the proportional representation with the single transferable vote (STV) system, the members of a state's legislative assembly and Union territories who are known as MLA's are allowed to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections. Each voter is required to rank his preferences and if the first choice candidate has enough votes already or no chance of being elected, the vote is transferred to the second order of preference and so on.
The political party that has a majority in the state assembly normally gets to send the maximum number of MPs to the Rajya Sabha.
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