Krishna, Justice Rama Jois, 2 others elected to RS

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Bangalore, Jun 19 (UNI) Former Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice M Rama Jois and two others were declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from the Karnataka Assembly today.

Karnataka Legislative Assembly Secretary S B Patil, who is also the Returning Officer, announced the unopposed election of Mr Krishna, Mr Anil Lad (both Cong) and Justice Jois and Mr Prabhakar Kore (both BJP), in the biennial elections.

Mr Patil said there were only four nominations left for the remaining four seats after the last date of withdrawal of nomination ended today. The papers of two independents, T D R Harishchandra and Padmaraj, had been rejected during scrutiny on Tuesday last as they were not supported by the mandatory names of ten proposers.

The BJP, which had fielded Justice Jois and Mr Kore, enjoyed a simple majority with 116 members, including six independents, in the 224-member House. Both the Congress, which had 80 members, and JD(S) (28 seats) had entered into an electoral understanding since the Congress lacked ten votes to secure its second candidate's win.

According to the poll pact, the JD(S) had extended support to the Congress' second candidate Anil Lad. In return, the Congress agreed to support two JD(S) candidates in the biennial elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council.

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