The BJP's Nirmala Sitharaman too won as expected. The JD(S) however which is facing a rebellion failed to ensure a victory for its candidate.
Oscar Fernandes and Jayram Ramesh of the Congress won after they bagged 47 and 46 votes each. The number required to win was 45.
K C Ramamurthy of the Congress got 52 votes. The ten independents and 8 MLAs from the JD(S) voted for Ramamurthy.
It may be recalled that when Ramamurthy's candidature was announced he was falling short by 12 votes.
This had led the Congress to whisk away ten independents to a hotel in Mumbai to avoid poaching. All the independents voted in favour of Ramamurthy thus taking the Congress' tally in Karnataka up to 3.
The BJP's Nirmala Sitharam is also through to the Rajya Sabha with 47 votes. The JD(S) however was the big loser and was unable to elect its candidate Farooq.
He got 33 votes. The JD(S) has a strength of 45 in the House. However 5 MLAs had rebelled and voted for the Congress in the council elections held yesterday. Today another 7 voted from the party voted against their own candidate.