Kalraj, Katiyar make it to RS, all SP nominees successful
Lucknow, Mar 28 (UNI) All five candidates of the ruling Samajwadi Party today won the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, while BJP stalwarts Kalraj Mishra and Vinay Katiyar were re-elected.
Jagran group CMD and CEO of Channel 7, Mahendra Mohan Gupta, traders leader Banwari Lal Kanchal and former UP Advocate General Virendra Bhatia (all SP) made their maiden entry into the RS.
Veteran SP leader Janeshwar Mishra was also re-elected.
The election saw as many as 15 members cross voting, BSP being the gainer with its candidates managing maximum votes. SP- supported Maulana Mahmood Madni (RLD) also got the nod.
Others to romp home are Mr Veerpal Singh Yadav (SP), Mr Monkhad Ali and Mr Balihari (BSP).
Out of 13 candidates in fray, the lone Congress candidate Azad Kumar Kardam, Satish Chandra (BSP) and Industrialist Sudhanshu Mittal (Indpendent), a rather suprise candidate, were eliminated as they could not muster a mimimum of 18 votes required as the first preference votes.
Earlier, the counting for RS was delayed by one-and-half-hours following complaints of rigging against the ruling SP by the Congress and the BJP.
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