Following extensive meeting and discussions, the EC came to the conclusion that there was indeed large-scale horse trading involved in the polls. This is not the first instance of the Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand going through some rough patches with the RS polls always controversial in the state. The state gains special attention as the place for cash-rich businessmen to get into Parliament.
The EC's suspicion was validated when a car carrying Rs 2.5 crore was seized on the day of polling by income tax authorities. The car apparently belonged to the kin of an independent poll candidate.
Among the two seats in Jharkhand, five candidates are in the fray of which two are businessmen. The BJP had to face embarrassment when its choice of candidate Anshuman Mishra, an NRI businessman who was believed to get the party ticket but failed to make it after his candidature met with some stiff criticism for his dubious credentials.