Rajya Sabha elections 2018 Updates: BJP bags 9 seats in UP, Congress wins big in Karnataka
The voting for 58 vacant seats in the Rajya Sabha began at 9 am. Of the 58 seats in the Upper House to be filled, 33 candidates from 10 states have been unanimously elected. Voting for the remaining 25 seats is underway in six states. Counting of votes for Rajya Sabha election will begin from 5 pm onwards. Results are expected to be announced the same evening.
The most-watched state would be Uttar Pradesh where the BJP has fielded 9 candidates while the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party one each. To ensure a win from UP, each candidate would need to get 37 preference votes. With the BJP and allies having 324 MLAs in the UP Legislative Assembly, the BJP will have no problem in sending 8 of its candidates to the Upper House of Parliament. While the elections in Uttar Pradesh are being watched closely, contests are on in six other states as well; West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Telangana.
After electing 8 candidates, the BJP would still have 28 surplus votes. This would mean the BJP would need an additional 9 votes to ensure that its 9th candidate is elected to the Rajya Sabha. The BJP would count on the votes of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party which has four MLAs. The BJP can also bank on Naresh Agarwal's son, Nitin Agarwal's vote which would take the tally up to five.
Rajya Sabha seats due to fall vacant next month are from 16 states.For the 58 Rajya Sabha seats to be filled, 33 candidates from 10 states have been unanimously elected.