Rajya Sabha polls: BJP's Krishan Lal Panwar, Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma elected from Haryana
New Delhi, Jun 10: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Krishan Lal Panwar and Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma won the Rajya Sabha elections from Haryana, which has only two seats. Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken failed to make the cut..
Reportedly, Panwar got 36 votes, while Sharma got 23 first preference votes and six transferred from the BJP, taking his tally to 29. Congress MLA and the party's authorised polling agent BB Batra said the party's Kuldeep Bishnoi cross-voted, the vote of another party MLA was declared invalid.
The counting of votes in the Rajya Sabha elections from Haryana began at around 1 am on Saturday after the Election Commission gave the go-ahead. The counting was held up following complaints about violation of rules.
The BJP and the Independent candidate backed by it have urged the Election Commission to cancel the votes of two Congress MLAs in the state.
BJP nominee Krishan Lal Panwar and Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma shot off a missive to the EC, alleging Congress MLAs Kiran Choudhary and B B Batra showed their ballot papers to unauthorised persons after marking them and that the episodes were "duly captured" on cameras.
The Congress has, meanwhile, approached the Election Commission accusing the BJP of trying to defeat the process of free and fair election to the Rajya Sabha in Haryana and demanded immediate declaration of results.
In Haryana, 89 MLAs out of a total of 90 cast their votes while Independent MLA Balraj Kundu abstained from voting.