Published On: Sat, Jun 11th, 2016

Rajya Sabha polls: BJP clean sweeps Jharkhand, Rajasthan

Bhopal: 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.

"This is a victory for the party, it is not an individual victory," M J Akbar, won from Madhya Pradesh told ANI in Bhopal.

“This is a victory for the party, it is not an individual victory,” M J Akbar, won from Madhya Pradesh told ANI in Bhopal.

BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Mahesh Poddar won the Upper House seats from Jharkhand, while MJ Akbar and Anil Madhav Dave won from Madhya Pradesh.

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,” M J Akbar told ANI in Bhopal.

In Uttar Pradesh, all seven candidates of Samajwadi Party have won. Congress’s Kapil Sibal has also won from Uttar Pradesh.

BJP’s candidates from Rajasthan included Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and O P Mathur.

A total of 199 MLAs out of 200 casted their votes to elect the four members. The High Court had debarred one BSP MLA, who is in jail in a murder case, from exercising his vote.

“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.

From Uttarakhand, Congress leader Pradeep Tamta was elected to Rajya Sabha.

“BJP has been trying to politically destabilize 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 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.

ANI

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