Jaya, Amir Alam elected to RS
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Jaya, Amir Alam elected to RS

Two former SP MPs including cine star Bachchan Jaya Amitabh were elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 20:42 IST

Two former Samajwadi Party MPs including cine star Bachchan Jaya Amitabh were on Friday elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed.

Principal secretary (Legislative Assembly) and returning officer Rajendra Prasad Pandey announced their election.

Amir Alam Khan is the other SP candidate. He represented Kairana in Muzzafarnagar district of West Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha twice.

However, Bachchan's certificate of election was received by Uttar Pradesh Revenue Minister Ambika Chaudhary in her absence, while Khan personally received his certificate.

As there were only two candidates in the fray for as many seats, they were declared elected unopposed. Today was also the last date of withdrawing nominations.

The Opposition, unable to find a consensus candidate, decided against fielding anyone.

The main opposition, the BJP and the Congress, had already expressed their unwillingness to contest the two seats.

BSP was not keen to fight the bypolls as the winning candidate was to be decided by majority vote seperately for the two seats.

State BJP president Keshri Nath Tripathi had said as the winners would be decided seperately by majority vote of the assembly, hence the party was not interested in contesting the bypolls.

"Even a joint-opposition candidate will not be able to win as the SP-led coalition has the majority in the house," he added.

Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tiwari had already announced the party would not contest bypolls to the Upper House.

This is Jaya Bachchan's second entry to the Rajya Sabha after 2004.

She had to resign the seat in March following the raging office-of-profit controversy.

First Published: Jun 08, 2006 16:38 IST