New Delhi: Results of elections to 27 Rajya Sabha seats held on Saturday threw up more than a couple of surprises. The BJP secured an unlikely victory in one of the seats in Jharkhand, while media magnate Subhash Chandra, whom the party had backed in Haryana, also won.
The biennial elections were held for 57 seats of which 30 candidates have already been elected unopposed. After the results, the BJP has increased its tally in the Rajya Sabha but the Congress continues to remain the single largest party. However, the shape of the new Rajya Sabha gives the government effective numbers to get the Goods and Services Tax (GST) constitution amendment Bill passed in the Monsoon session of Parliament likely to begin on July 25.
After the results, the BJP has increased its tally in the Rajya Sabha but the Congress continues to remain the single largest party
The big surprise was Chandra’s victory after the Congress had asked its legislators to vote for Indian National Lok Dal candidate R K Anand. Chandra, chairman of the Zee group, had been claiming that he has support of individual legislators in the two parties.
In a related development, the government nominated social activist Sambhaji Raje Chhatrapati to the Rajya Sabha. He has been nominated to the only vacant seat among the dozen nominated members. The government had filled the other six vacancies in the category in May.