BJP celebrates Saroj Pandey's win

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BJP's Saroj Pandey is contesting against Lekhram Sahu of the Congress for the Chhattisgarh Rajya Sabha seat.

"I would like to tell BJP that their malpractices will not succeed in breaking the ties between SP and BSP".

The BJP registered a massive victory, as it won nine seats from Uttar Pradesh.

He concluded that the "irrespective of the result of the contest in one of the 10 Rajya Sabha seats, it is set to go down to the wire as the BJP worked to upstage the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati, who joined forces to defeat the ruling party in two of its key parliamentary strongholds". BJP candidates in the fray were Jaitley, Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, Harnath Singh Yadav GVL Narasimha Rao and Anil Kumar Agarwal, a businessman. "It was more out of the political compulsions of the BSP facing existential crisis then allying with the SP to stop the BJP", said a political analyst.

The House now has 49 BJP MLAs, 39 Congress legislators, one BSP member and an independent legislator.

Counting of ballots will be taken up at 5 pm, an hour after the end of voting.

"A plan had been made that we come together so that the BJP candidate couldn't win the election".

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The BJP-led NDA is still short of the majority mark of 126 in the 245-member Rajya Sabha, of which 233 members are elected and 12 are nominated. As a Rajya Sabha member, Mr. Veerendrakumar will have term till April 2, 2022.

Of the three Congress winners, Chandrasekhar secured 46 votes as against two by Farooq, L. Hanumanthaiah got 44 and Hussain 42, while BJP's Rajeev Chandrashekar bagged 50, the highest among the four contestants. Akhilesh Yadav responded by thanking him.

All four Trinamool candidates - sitting Rajya Sabha member Nadimul Haque, and first time nominees Subhasish Chakraborty, Abir Biswas and Santanu Sen - are now rajya sabha members. BJP is working with the goal of inclusive development and the party neither prepares policies on caste basis nor it select candidates on caste basis.

Left Front-backed CPI (M) candidate Rabin Deb lost the poll. The Rajya Sabha elections took place on Friday.

The election became inevitable after the Congress fielded a candidate though the TRS had comfortable strength in the 119-member Assembly to win all three seats. The opposition leaders soon used the opportunity to say that the BJP used all its tricks to keep a Dalit out of the parliament.

Meanwhile, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi went on to win all three seats from the state with B Prakash, J Santosh Kumar and AB Lingaiah Yadav being elected to the Upper House.

A total of 108 members of the Assembly voted, even as two expelled Congress MLAs could not cast their votes.

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