The ruling Samajwadi Party won eight of 12 Vidhan Parishad seats, elections for which were held on Friday. While three seats have gone to BSP, the BJP had to be contented with only one seat.
The BJP, which fielded two candidates in the hope of cross voting, could win just one seat. However, the party that has 41 MLAs in the state assembly, polled 51 votes indicating that it succeeded in garnering votes from other parties.
The winners are: Ahmad Hasan, Ramesh Yadav, Ramjatan Rajbhar, Sahab Singh Saini, Ashok Bajpai, Virendra Singh Gurjar, Sarojni Agarwal and Ashu Malik (all SP), Nasimuddin Siddique, Dharmavir Ashok and Pradeep Jatav (all BSP) and Laxaman Acharya (BJP). BJP’s Daya Shankar Singh, who polled 17 votes, was defeated.
According to information while BSP’s Siddique got 35 first preference votes and Dharamvir polled 36 first preference votes, third candidate Pradeep got 30 first and five second preference votes that ensured his victory. As against its strength of 80 MLAs the BSP thus got 101 first preference votes. The BSP thus succeeded in getting support of 21 more MLAs from outside. While eight MLAs of the Rashtriya Lok Dal had extended support to BSP, the Congress had also pitched in support of its left over MLAs to BSP.
The SP polled a total 247 votes, including two invalid votes. While its seven candidates won on first preference votes, the eighth nominee Ashu Malik, who got 23 first preference votes could get through only after the second preference was taken into account. The winner quota was fixed at 30.54. Thus two candidates Ashu Malik (SP) and Pradeep Jatav (BSP) could win only after few second preference votes.
Of the total 230 SP MLAs, two were absent. Membership of one SP MLA Kaptan Singh Rajput (Charkhari-Mahoba) has been terminated following a court verdict against him in a murder case. Thus SP had only 227 votes. The Congress claimed that it had transferred its 20 votes to SP, which made it to 247. Even as the SP leaders claimed to have made arrangement of some additional votes from independents and smaller parties (total 16 votes), final tally of 247 (including two invalid) indicated either cross voting in ruling party or no other support.