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BJP’s Rajya Sabha 11: How the BJP’s move in Uttar Pradesh sent a panic wave in opposition

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With total 312 MLAs, BJP can easily send eight candidates to Rajya Sabha from the state of Uttar Pradesh. However, BJP will still have 28 votes left.

 

In 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party stormed to power winning 282 seats. However, the party still lacked the numbers in Rajya Sabha. However, BJP’s win in the consequent assembly elections has given them a chance to increase their numbers in the Upper House of the parliament as well.

Recently, the party announced its list of candidates for Rajya Sabha polls. Total 58 seats from 16 states and a by-election for 1 seat from Kerala will be held on March 23, 2018. However, the most number of seats (10) being vacated are from Uttar Pradesh.

While for Congress, SP and BSP the Rajya Sabha elections are crucial to maintaining their presence in the Upper House; BJP has hit a masterstroke by fielding one more candidate leaving the opposition startled.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly numbers:

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections conducted in 2017 were swept by the saffron party. Going beyond the magic figure, the BJP won total 312 seats in the 403 seat assembly. The SP emerged second winning 47 seats, while BSP had to be satisfied with only 19 seats. Congress couldn’t even reach the two-digit number and won only seven seats. While Rashtriya Lok Dal won only one seat, independent candidates grabbed three seats.

Rajya Sabha seat calculation:

Uttar Pradesh, being the biggest and most populous state in the country has 31 seat representation in Rajya Sabha. For a candidate to win, 37 preferential votes from the MLAs are needed. This year, the term of as much as 10 members is coming to an end. The retiring members include Naresh Agarwal who recently dumped SP and joined BJP, Munquad Ali, Jaya Bachchan, BJP’s Vinay Katiyar, Kiranmay Nanda, Alok Tiwari, Pramod Tiwari, Darshan Singh Yadav and Munvvar Saleem Choudhury.

BJP has currently fielded 11 candidates including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while SP has fielded Jaya Bachchan and BSP has fielded Bhimrao Ambedkar. With one independent candidate filing nominations for Rajya Sabha polls, the total number of candidates in the fray has gone up to 14.

Current Equation:

Here it is important to understand the number game. With total 312 MLAs, BJP can easily send eight candidates to Rajya Sabha. However, BJP will still have 28 votes left. With 46 votes remaining after the exit of Nitin Agarwal, SP can elect one candidate to Rajyasabha. It will have nine more votes remaining. BSP, on the other hand, still needs to gather support. The pre-poll alliance between the arch-rivals BSP and SP for Rajya Sabha election stemmed from this need. Congress has already declared its support to BSP’s candidate.

With SP’s nine, Congress’ seven and 19 votes from the own party MLAs, the BSP is able to achieve 35 votes, still two votes less than the required. For this, BSP may turn to small parties like RLD and independents.

However, with BJP fielding three more candidates, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samajwadi Party are clearly baffled. BJP is also pinning hopes on Naresh Agarwal to bring the votes of more 10-15 MLAs. This would clearly reduce both BSP and SP’s chances of winning.

Here’s the list of BJP’s 11 candidates:

Rajya Sabha

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The last day for filing of nominations was Monday. March 15 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature.

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Breaking News: Kamal Nath appointed as Madhya Pradesh CM

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Bhopal| Ending the two days long speculations the Congress finally declared Kamal Nath as the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister. However, there will not be a deputy Chief Minister in the Hindi Heartland state. The announcement came after party president Rahul Gandhi met both CM aspirants, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath at his residence in Delhi.

Following their meeting with Gandhi, both the leaders returned to Bhopal where a meeting of legislators was scheduled. While confident Kamal Nath greeted thhe party workers as he reached the party headquarters in Bhopal, Scindia was nowhere to be seen.

Earlier, in the day sources from the Congress party had said that party may handover the reins of Madhya Pradesh to Kamal Nath. The official announcement came after thorough deliberation by the Congress top leadership.

Kamal Nath, the state unit chief of Madhya Pradesh was sent to the state ahead of election campaigning to take over the charge. A close confidante of Gandhi family, Kamal Nath was once described by the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as her third son. The MP from Chhindwara has now been elected as the leader of the ruling party in assembly. He is expected to take oath as the Chief Minister by Friday afternoon.

Congress won 114 seats in the Madhya Pradesh assembly becoming the single largest party. It will form government with the support of 2 BSP and 1 SP MLA.

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Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot ask supporters to maintain peace

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Jaipur | Amid the announcement of the Chief Minister in Rajasthan both Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot have asked thier supporters to maintain peace and decourum in the state.

Ashok Gehlot, one of the probable CM in Rajasthan speaking to media said,” I appeal to workers to maintain calm, they have worked very hard, whatever decisions will be taken will be binding on all. Rahul ji is talking to and consulting all leaders.”

Gehlot further added that a decision will be taken soon, there is nothing to worry. Just wait, the decision has to be taken on CMs of three states so naturally, it takes time. Party president will take a call.

Meanwhile Rajasthan State unit chief and CM candidate Sachin Pilot appeal the supporters to maintain peace in the state. He said,”I appeal to party workers to maintain peace and decorum. I have full faith in the leadership, we will welcome whatever Rahul Gandhi ji and Sonia Gandhi ji decide.” He further added that it is our responsibility to uphold the honour of the party, we are dedicated to the party.”


Sachin pilot further asked the media to not run news based on rumours and only rely on confirmed news. “We will welcome whatever the party leadership decides,” he added.

 

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Pilot and Scindia are the ‘young champions’ : Vijay Mallya

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New Delhi: After winning a strong victory in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is in every conversation. His triumph is being congratulated from all over social media as well as the party workers. Meanwhile, fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya has also given congratulations over this win, but not to Rahul Gandhi but to Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Sachin Pilot is considered to be the next Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Jyotiraditya Scindia is considered the next Chief Minister in Rajasthan. Mallya has tweeted congratulations to both the candidates and has described them as ‘young champions’.

Mallya, who was accused of absconding several PNB nationals worth nine thousand crore rupees. India is in an attempt to extradite Mallya as soon as possible.

 

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