Rajya Sabha polls witness cross-voting: Big upset for Congress in Himachal Pradesh, wins 3 seats in Karnataka; BJP bags one extra in UP : The Tribune India

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Rajya Sabha polls witness cross-voting: Big upset for Congress in Himachal Pradesh, wins 3 seats in Karnataka; BJP bags one extra in UP

Polling is held for 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh, four in Karnataka and one seat in Himachal Pradesh

Rajya Sabha polls witness cross-voting: Big upset for Congress in Himachal Pradesh, wins 3 seats in Karnataka; BJP bags one extra in UP

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah casts his vote for the Rajya Sabha election in Bengaluru on Tuesday. PTI



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Bengaluru/Lucknow, February 27

The Congress on Tuesday suffered a major upset in Himachal Pradesh at the hands of the BJP in the Rajya Sabha elections which were marred by cross-voting in all the three states though it won three seats in Karnataka while the saffron party pocketed an extra seat in Uttar Pradesh.

Polling was held for 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh, four in Karnataka and one seat in Himachal Pradesh. On February 20, 41 candidates including BJP chief JP Nadda, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw and L Murugan were elected unopposed to the Upper House.

Himachal Pradesh saw cross-voting that led to the victory of BJP candidate Harsh Mahajan over Congress's Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Mahajan was declared winner by draw of lots after both the candidates were tied, securing 34 votes each.

The result made it clear that six Congress MLAs and the three Independents voted in favour of the BJP. At present, the Congress has 40 MLAs, BJP 25 while three are independents in the 68-member Himachal Pradesh assembly.

Singhvi said the BJP's move to field a candidate against a party which has 40 members compared to its 25 was a clear message that the saffron party wants to win by hook or by crook and more by crook.

There was high drama in Uttar Pradesh where amid concerns over cross-voting, SP chief whip Manoj Pandey quit while polling was under way. As many as eight SP MLAs also did not attend a meeting called by Akhilesh Yadav on Monday.

SP candidate and retired IAS officer Alok Ranjan lost to BJP's Sanjay Seth, an industrialist.

The other seven BJP candidates who won are former Union minister RPN Singh, former MP Chaudhary Tejveer Singh, general secretary of the party's Uttar Pradesh unit Amarpal Maurya, former state minister Sangeeta Balwant (Bind), party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi, former MLA Sadhna Singh, and former Agra mayor Naveen Jain. SP's actor-MP Jaya Bachchan won another term while Dalit leader Ramji Lal Suman bagged the second seat for the party.

In Karnataka, five candidates were in the fray for the four seats, including D Kupendra Reddy JD(S). Those elected are Ajay Maken, GC Chandrasekhar and Syed Naseer Hussain (all Congress) and Narayansa K Bhandage of the BJP.

The election was marred by cross-voting as BJP MLA S T Somashekar voted for Maken, while another party legislator A Shivaram Hebbar abstained from voting.

       

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