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SP-RLD wins 6 RS, 7 VP seats

IN A keenly contested biennial Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Parishad elections, marred by massive cross-voting, the ruling Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance succeeded in winning six out of 10 seats in the Rajya Sabha and seven out of 13 seats in the Vidhan Parishad. The BSP and the BJP won two seats each in RS and three each in Vidhan Parishad. The Congress could not win any seat.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 01:20 IST

IN A keenly contested biennial Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Parishad elections, marred by massive cross-voting, the ruling Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance succeeded in winning six out of 10 seats in the Rajya Sabha and seven out of 13 seats in the Vidhan Parishad. The BSP and the BJP won two seats each in RS and three each in Vidhan Parishad. The Congress could not win any seat.

Though the BSP could not ensure victory of its third candidate in the Rajya Sabha, the party emerged as a major gainer in the Vidhan Parishad. As against total 67 MLAs, the party succeeded in garnering 98 votes by way of votes from the BJP, the SP and the Loktantrik Bahujan Dal. While five SP MLAs voted for the BSP, the BJP faced major cross-voting as nine of its MLAs voted against party line. While seven BJP MLAs voted for the BSP, one each went to the SP and one to Independent Sudhanshu, who could get just 10 votes. Criminals-turned MLAs had fielded Sudhanshu. Initially, the BJP had planned to transfer its nine surplus votes to Sudhanshu but it had to change the strategy because of cross-voting.

Interestingly, except one vote going to the SP, the 16-member Congress group remained intact, as the party nominee Azad Kumar Kardam got 15 votes. Only Shamimul Haq (Congress) voted for the SP.

The SP-RLD winners for the RS were Janeshwar Mishra,(37 votes), Banwarilal Kanchal (32), Mahendra Mohan Gupta (36), Virpal Singh Yadav (37), Virendra Bhatia (36) and Mahmood Madni-RLD (38). While BJP’s Vinay Katiyar (38) and Kalraj Mishra (37) just scrapped through, the BSP could ensure victory of its two RS nominees Balihari (40) and Munqad Ali (44). The losers were Azad Kumar Kardam (Congress 15 votes), Satish Chandra (BSP 2 votes) and Sudhanshu (Independent 10 votes).

In the Vidhan Parishad, seven SP-RLD winners were Ramsaran Das, Khawaj Halim, Dayaram Prajapati, Naresh Uttam, Rakesh Singh Rana, Kashinath Yadav and Harpal Saini (RLD).

For the BJP the winners were Ramnaresh Rawat, Ashok Dhawan and Ramapati Ram.

The BSP succeeded in getting all its three nominees Babu Singh Kushwaha, Jugal Kishore and Sunil Kumar Chittor.