BJP set to win first RS seat from state

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2015 21:29 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will for the first time win the Rajya Sabha (RS) seat from the state. The party is hopeful of winning two seats in an alliance with the People's Democratic Party. The elections are to be held on February 7 and the result will be declared on the same day.

The BJP which had won 25 seats in the assembly elections will for the first time bag a seat for the RS. Its highest tally was 11 seats bagged by it in the 2008 assembly polls, but that number was not sufficient to win a seat for the upper house of the Parliament.

The notification for the four seats was issued by the Election Commission on Wednesday. Three separate notifications were issued for the four seats. While for the first two seats, the elected MLAs will cast the votes on two separate set of papers, but for the third and the fourth seat, there will be joint set of paper.

A contestant will require 44 votes for the first two notification and 30 votes for the third notification, which is the joint election for the third and the fourth seat. However, as per the rule, even if any candidate doesn't get 44 votes for the first two notifications the one having maximum votes is declared a winner.

The BJP by this electoral college is assured of atleast one seat, even if it contests elections without any alliance. The BJP had an understanding with the Sajjad Lone's Peoples Conference, which won two seats, so it is technically just one seat short of the PDP, which has 28 seats.

The BJP if it enters in an alliance with the PDP this time, their combined number will be 55, including two seats bagged by the Sajjad Lone's party- which could ensure them even all the four seats.

The BJP could also register its presence in the state legislative council, where it never had any member because of its numerical strength. The seats in the upper house will start getting vacant this year.

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