EMS Nachiappan (Congress) and Thiruchi Siva (DMK)’s seats fell vacant as the former became a minister and the latter’s term came to an end in July. On Thursday, the UPA managed to get Pradip Bhattacharyya (Congress) and Ashok Ganguly (nominated) elected for the slots.
In the 30-member JPC, the UPA lost its majority following the pull out of the Trinamool and the DMK. But now there is a crack within the Opposition following the JD(U)’s split from the NDA. The DMK too, may not reject the draft outright after the Congress’ support resulted in the victory for Kanimozhi in the biennial election.
Now, the Congress-led UPA has 15 (including 2 BSP, 1 SP MPs). If DMK or JD(U) (2 members) lent their support, the UPA will be able to smoothly adopt the draft.