New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday came out with flying colours as it managed to win all Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand and Rajasthan, while bagging two out of three seats in Madhya Pradesh.
All the four BJP candidates, including Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and senior BJP leader Om Prakash Mathur, won the elections for the four Rajya Sabha seats from Rajasthan on Saturday.
"I would like to thank people of Rajasthan and the local unit of BJP. I will try my best to support matters related to Rajasthan in the Centre," Naidu told media after winning.
The ruling BJP clinched both Rajya Sabha seats in Jharkhand as cross-voting helped the party to defeat the united opposition.
In the 81-member assembly, 79 legislators cast their votes. BJP candidate and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi secured 29 votes while the second candidate Mahesh Poddar secured 24. JMM candidate Basant Soren managed to secure 26 votes.
The third seat in Madhya Pradesh was bagged by Congress-supported candidate Vivek Tankha. "This is a victory for the party, it is not an individual victory," said MJ Akbar in Bhopal.
In Uttar Pradesh, all seven candidates of Samajwadi Party have won. Congress's Kapil Sibal has also won from Uttar Pradesh.
The victorious candidates include Amar Singh, Beni Prasad Verma, Sanjay Seth, Reoti Raman Singh, Sukhram Yadav, Surender Nagar and Vishambhar Prasad Nishad (all SP), Shiv Pratap Shukla (BJP) and Satish Mishra and Ashok Siddharth (BSP).
From Uttarakhand, Congress leader Pradeep Tamta was elected to Rajya Sabha.
"BJP has been trying to politically destabilise the state, this is a victory against it. I would like to tell Modi Ji's government to learn from this. Development is possible only when Centre and States work together," Tamta told media persons after the victory.
Seven states went to polls today to elect 27 Rajya Sabha members.
These include 11 seats from Uttar Pradesh, four each from Karnataka and Rajasthan, three from Madhya Pradesh, two each from Haryana and Jharkhand and one from Uttarakhand.
Out of 57 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant, voting took place for only 27 seats today as 30 candidates were declared elected unopposed at the end of withdrawal of nominations on June 3.
With agency inputs