New Delhi, June 11: As the polls to the Rajya Sabha in Karnataka get underway, the Congress appears to be confident that its three candidates would win. The Congress has nominated Oscar Fernandes, Jayram Ramesh and K C Ramamurthy.
The elections are underway with the Election Commission of India refusing to postpone the polls following a sting operation that alleged money was being paid.
The BJP which has nominated one candidate too is certain a win. However for the JD(S), the chances of a win is bleak as it will fall short of five votes. Each candidate needs 45 votes to win the polls.
Congress-3, BJP-1, JD(S)-0
The Congress has allocated 47 votes of its MLAs to Oscar Fernandes and Jayram Ramesh.
For K C Ramamurthy the Congress is certain of getting the 10 independent and five rebel JD(S) MLAs' votes. Zameer Ahmed of JD(S) has openly said that he would be voting for the Congress.
For the BJP, the vote of one KJP MLA would be important. The BJP has 44 votes and is certain that the KJP would vote in its favour.
The BJP has nominated Nirmala Sitharam. However the setback would be for the JD(S). With 5 rebels in the party, the JD(S) has only 40 votes. This would mean that it would fall short by 5.