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Rajya Sabha polls: All three BJP candidates elected unopposed from Rajasthan

Rajya Sabha polls: All three BJP candidates elected unopposed from Rajasthan

Parshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya of the BJP and, Naran Rathwa and Amee Yagnik of the Congress were declared elected.

This saw BJP spot an opportunity to corner Congress and it fielded its third candidate Kiritsinh Rana, along with dummy candidate Rajni Patel.

The JD (S) in 2016 filed a petition seeking disqualification of B.Z. Zameer Ahmed Khan, Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, Iqbal Ansari, Bheema Naik, N. Cheluvaraya Swamy, H.C. Balakrishna, and Babu Bandisidde Gowda after they violated the party's whip and voted for the Congress candidate during the Rajya Sabha elections. As per the strength of each party in the assembly, BJP is eligible for three seats, while the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP are allotted one member each.

In a dramatically pleasant twist to the high drama on nomination day, election for the four Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat Assembly saw an amicable conclusion on Thursday.

The ruling BJP has 99 MLAs while the opposition Congress 77.

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For a candidate to win, 37 first preferential votes are required. The candidates for all six seats from the state were elected unopposed today.

Earlier, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat announced the withdrawal of his BJP's fourth candidate, even as all other parties heaved a collective sigh of relief.

With the BJP nominee withdrawing her papers, the election of the remaining six candidates is a mere formality now.

The election for the single seat that has fallen vacant due to the expiry of the term of Bhushan Lal Jangde (BJP) will be held on March 23. The JD (S), fully aware of its rebel MLAs' plan to join the Congress ahead of Karnataka assembly Election 2018, has now chose to bring in a legal checkmate.

"The BJP nominees include Javadekar, former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane and former Kerala BJP president V Muraleedharan", Bapat said. Anil Desai of Shiv Sena, NCP's Vandana Chavan and Congress's Kumar Ketkar also went through to the upper house. He ended his over a decade-long association with the party in September previous year, formed the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, and allied with the BJP-led NDA.

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