TMC's 4 candidates and Cong’ 1 elected for RS

Kolkata
23 Mar 2018

As expected, all four candidates for Rajya Sabha from the Trinamool Congress and  one from the Congress today scraped through the elections for filling up the five Rajya Sabha seats that fell vacant from West Bengal.

While Shubashish Chakrabarty of the TMC got 54 votes, Nadumul Haque from the same party bagged 52 votes. And while Shantanu Sen, also from TMC bagged 51 votes, Abir Ranjan Biswas from the same party got 52 votes. And Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi who was supported by the TMC got 47 votes. But what remained a matter of concern for the ruling party was the cancellation of two votes from the TMC--that of MLAs Mrigen Maity and Zakir Hussain. Both the MLAs claimed that they felt unstable and that led them make mistakes while casting their votes.

``Chief minister Mamata Banerjee took serious exception to the incident and ordered an inquiry into it. If found to be indulging in foul play severe disciplinary action will be taken against them,'' a senior TMC leader said. All the four newly elected TMC MPs said they would voice the interest of the state and uphold the party's policy in the upper House of parliament.
Congress's Singhvi thanked the chief minister and the people of the state for electing him to the Rajya Sabha.
In UP, Counting of votes in the keenly-watched Rajya Sabha election began after a two-hour delay today as the Opposition Samajwadi Party and BSP lodged a complaint with the Election Commission. Joint Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Uttar Pradesh R C Rai said the counting had begun. Earlier, the Opposition parties moved the poll panel against two MLAs who are believed to have cross-voted. "We have given a written complaint to the Election Commission that our MLA Anil Singh did not show his vote to the election agent of the party before casting it and we are awaiting a reply from the EC in this regard," Deputy leader of the BSP in the state Assembly Uma Shankar Singh said.

M P Veerendra Kumar, the state president of the Janata Dal (U) Sharad Yadav faction, was today elected to the Rajya Sabha from Kerala. Kumar, who was supported by ruling CPM-led LDF, polled 89 votes, while B Babu Prasad the Opposition UDF candidate got 40 votes in the election held to one seat from the state, official sources said. The election was held after the seat fell vacant when Kumar resigned from the Upper House of Parliament as a mark of protest against JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar joining hands with BJP-led NDA.

BJP national general secretary Saroj Pandey won the lone Rajya Sabha seat for which polling was held in Chhattisgarh today, defeating Congress rival Lekhram Sahu. Pandey polled 51 votes, while Sahu secured 36 votes in the election held at the state assembly complex, wherein 87 of the 90 state legislators cast their votes, state Assembly secretary Chandra Shekhar Gangrade, who is also the returning officer, told news agency PTI. The House currently has 49 BJP MLAs, 39 Congress legislators, one BSP member and an independent legislator.
Pandey seems to have got all 49 votes of her party MLAs and apparently two more votes from BSP and independent legislators. (EOIC)