Ever since BJP came to power in 2014, its prime focus stayed on the Rajya Sabha Elections. Voting for Rajya Sabha elections in the states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana commenced on Friday.
As per the declaration of today’s results the BJP which has just 58 MPs in the house cannot reach the halfway mark. With the Lok Sabha elections approaching the number of seats in Rajya Sabha will have a huge impact in the first couple of years in the Lok Sabha.
Nearly one-third of the 245 Rajya Sabha seats fall vacant in every two years and these changed numbers would determine the status of the Rajya Sabha in the year 2020.
However, the BJP wished that its emphatic victories in the state assembly elections in the last four years will help it garner more seats in the Rajya Sabha.
The current strength of Rajya Sabha is 245 out of which 233 members are elected, 12 are nominated and 126 are required for the majority.
Even if the BJP doesn’t win a majority in the upper house, it’s tally will improve given the support of its allies, AIDMK, Shiromani Akali Dal, Shiv Sena, TDP and JD(U).
Right now the BJP led NDA allies to contribute 17 seats in the Rajya Sabha-Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has six seats; Shiv Sena, Shiromani Akali Dal have three seats each; People’s Democratic Party has two; Sikkim Democratic Front, Republican Party (A) and Bodoland People’s Front have one MP each.
This along with BJP seats adds up to 75 seats in the Rajya Sabha under the NDA.
The Congress is the second largest party after BJP with 54 MPs and its allies with 16 seats bring the total tally to 70 seats in Rajya Sabha.
Uttar Pradesh is one of the crucial grounds for BJP to gain seats. Here the BJP has an advantage with 324 members (311 BJP+13 allies) in the legislative assembly and each candidate needs the support of 37 MLAs to win. And BJP is confident to sweep 8 seats in a row.
Many hits and misses were seen in the Rajya Sabha elections-BJP’s Saroj Pandey won Rajya Sabha seat from Chhattisgarh, knocking Congress’ Lekhram Sahu.
Much to BJP’s ire and lately in the eye of controversy, Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi won RS seat from West Bengal.
Ruling TMC in West Bengal won four seats represented by sitting Rajya Sabha member Namidul Haque and newly appointed members-Subhashish Chakraborty, Abir Biswas and Santanu Sen.
Telangana’s ruling Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) bagged 3 seats for candidates B. Prakash, J Santosh Kumar and AB Lingaiah Yadav. From Andhra Pradesh, CM Ramesh was unanimously elected to Rajya Sabha.
M Veerendra Kumar from JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav’s faction was elected to RS from Kerala.
The ruling Congress bagged 3 seats from Karnataka while the BJP won 1 seat.
Amid intense drama and fervent cross, voting reported BJP grabbed 9 out of 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh, with BJP’s Anil Agrawal defeating BSP’s BR Ambedkar by second preference vote count.
Meanwhile, it’s a tough call for the SP-BSP tie up as the SP has promised Mayawati to win the 10th seat by vote sharing, doing a Gorakhpur-Phulpur rejig.
Among the senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Anil Jain, and GVL Narasimha Rao emerged winners with 39 votes each.
Samajwadi Party’s Jaya Bachchan won the 9th seat and BJP’s Anil Agrawal claimed a sound through second preference counting.
Results of 2 Jharkhand seats for Rajya Sabha are still awaited.
The BJP’s bouncing back to lost glory by fending off the SP-BSP combo in Uttar Pradesh, capping in the second preference votes challenge by Anil Agrawal reiterates its position n Uttar Pradesh, the epicentre of saffron brigade and ensures it’s stronghold in the 2019 elections.