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Rajya Sabha Election Results LIVE Updates: Haryana Cong MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi Expelled for Cross-voting

Rajya Sabha Election Results 2022 LIVE Updates: The BJP winners in Maharashtra include Union minister Piyush Goyal and former state minister Anil Bonde, and Dhananjay Mahadik

News18.com | June 11, 2022, 20:57 IST
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Rajya Sabha Election Results 2022 LIVE Updates: In a major setback to Maharashtra’s ruling alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, the BJP on Saturday won three of the six Rajya Sabha seats, while the ruling combine questioned the eight-hour delay in counting of votes.

The BJP winners include Union minister Piyush Goyal and former state minister Anil Bonde, and Dhananjay Mahadik. Read More

Jun 11, 2022 14:27 IST

Modi-Shah Laud CM Bommai After BJP Wins 3 RS Seats, Hail His Political Strategy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah lauded Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday for the BJP winning three Rajya Sabha seats in the biennial elections to four seats on Friday. Modi hailed the Chief Minister for his political strategy and acumen which played a major role in BJP winning three seats in the Rajya Sabha election, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said. READ MORE

Jun 11, 2022 13:50 IST

'Who Insulted Hanuman Chalisa Lost': BJP's Slam on MVA's Rajya Sabha Loss Shows How Spiritual Text Has Gained Political Subtext in Maharashtra

With cameras flashing, and a small Hanuman Chalisa in hand, Maharashtra BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis recited the sacred Hindu verse, while presenting the booklet to independent MLA Ravi Rana, after the MVA was given a jolt in the Rajya Sabha elections yesterday. READ MORE

Jun 11, 2022 12:47 IST

RS Polls: Congress Rides Out Rajasthan Storm But Maken's Loss, Hoodas' Clout May Trigger Haryana Hurricane

Adesert storm may have been averted in Rajasthan with all three wins by the Ashok Gehlot government in Friday’s Rajya Sabha elections but in Haryana, the storm may just be whipping up. READ MORE

Jun 11, 2022 11:49 IST

RS Elections: How Ajay Maken Became Collateral Damage in Kuldeep Bishnoi's Payback to Gandhis

The late three-time chief minister Bhajan Lal was known as the ‘Chanakya’ of Haryana politics. His son, Kuldeep Bishnoi, seems to have finally exhibited his inheritance of political strategy by being instrumental in the defeat of Congress candidate Ajay Maken in the Rajya Sabha elections on Friday. READ MORE

Jun 11, 2022 09:09 IST

I Know How to Strike a Snake, Says Cong's Kuldeep Bishnoi After Sinking Ajay Maken, Party Mulls Action

“I have the ability to strike a snake, will not leave the forest because of the fear of snakes. good morning,” said Congress MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi after cross-voting in the Haryana Rajya Sabha elections. According to sources, the party is mulling action against Bishnoi for his actions.

Jun 11, 2022 08:42 IST

Haryana CM Khattar Congratulates BJP's Krishan Lal Panwar and Kartikeya Sharma on Win

Jun 11, 2022 07:37 IST

Rajya Sabha Elections: BJP Has 'Last Laugh' After Jolt to MVA in Maha, K'taka Win, Ajay Maken's Loss; Cong Touts 'Strong Message' In Raj Victory

Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal, Randeep Surjewala and Jairam Ramesh of the Congress and Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut were among the 16 candidates elected to the Rajya Sabha from four states where polling was held on Friday after tussle over cross voting and alleged breach of election rules delayed the counting by around eight hours in Maharashtra and Haryana. READ MORE

Jun 11, 2022 06:43 IST

RS polls: BJP's Krishan Lal Panwar, Independent candidate elected from Haryana; Ajay Maken loses

In a jolt to the Congress, the BJP’s Krishan Lal Panwar and the saffron party-backed Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma were declared elected for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana, after a high drama over allegations of violations of polling rules that delayed the counting by more than seven hours. The counting of votes began past midnight and the results were announced after 2 am on Saturday. According to Election Commission officials, Congress candidates Ajay Maken did not get enough votes. The party said one of its MLAs cross-voted while the vote of an MLA was declared invalid. Returning Officer R K Nandal said Panwar got 36 votes, while Sharma got 23 first preference votes and 6.6 transferred from the BJP, taking his tally to 29.6. It was a photo-finish as Maken got 29 votes, but lost on account of no second preference votes.

While the value of votes polled by the BJP was 3,600, securing the first seat for Panwar, Sharma won the second seat with a vote value of 2,960, including 660 that got transferred from the BJP candidate as second preference votes. The Congress’ value of votes was 2,900. Congress MLA and the party’s authorised polling agent BB Batra said while the vote of a party MLA was declared invalid, MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi cross-voted for Sharma, a media baron who had entered the poll far as an Independent candidate supported by the BJP and its ally JJP. Both the winning candidates were presented with their victory certificates around 3.30 am as Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar congratulated them.

Jun 11, 2022 06:42 IST

Maharashtra: BJP wins 3 of 6 Rajya Sabha seats in major setback to ruling Sena-NCP-Cong alliance

In a major setback to Maharashtra’s ruling alliance of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, the BJP on Saturday won three of the six Rajya Sabha seats, while the ruling combine questioned the eight-hour delay in counting of votes. The BJP winners include Union minister Piyush Goyal and former state minister Anil Bonde, and Dhananjay Mahadik.

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, NCP’s Praful Patel and Congress’ Imran Pratapgarhi also won the fiercely-fought elections. Of the 284 valid votes, Goyal polled 48, Bonde 48, Mahadik 41.56, Raut 41, Pratapgarhi 44 and Patel 43.

The contest was for the sixth seat the BJP had fielded former MP Dhananjay Mahadik and the Shiv Sena candidate was Sanjay Pawar, who lost. Mahadik and Pawar hail from Kolhapur in western Maharashtra. The high-stake battle for the sixth turned out to be a nail-biting affair with the Congress and BJP trading charges, even approaching the Election Commission. “Elections are contested not just for the fight, but the victory. Jai Maharashtra,” tweeted BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, whose refusal to have a consensus candidate for the Rajya Sabha led to elections in the state after 24 years.

Jun 10, 2022 22:19 IST

Counting of Votes Yet to Begin Maha and Haryana

The counting of votes for the Rajya Sabha elections is yet to begin in Maharashtra and Haryana. The results are out for Rajasthan and Karnataka. In Rajathan, the Congress won three seats while the BJP got one, and in Karnataka, the BJP won three seats and the Congress managed one.

Jun 10, 2022 22:16 IST

Maharashtra | Cong Chief Nana Patole Writes to EC

Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole has written to the Election Commission of India demanding the vote cancellation of BJP MLA Sudhir Mungantiwar and independent MLA Ravi Rana for “violating the provisions of conduct of election rules”. ANI

Jun 10, 2022 21:34 IST

BJP Suspends Rajasthan MLA for Voting in Favour of Cong Candidate

The BJP suspended its Rajasthan MLA Shobharani Kushwaha for cross-voting in favour of Congress candidate Pramod Tiwari. Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria issued an order stating Kushwaha voted for Tiwari despite a whip and that she was being suspended from the BJP’s primary membership. In the letter, Kataria also asked the MLA to clarify why she voted against the whip. BJP state president Satish Poonia said the party high command has been informed about the matter. The Congress fielded three candidates for the four Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan, while the BJP fielded one, besides supporting an independent candidate. PTI

Jun 10, 2022 21:29 IST

Karnataka | Re-dedicate Myself to the State, Says FM Sitharaman After Win

After she elected to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman thanked the state’s MLAs and said she will re-dedicate herself to working the welfare of the state. “I thank the workers and MLAs of Karnataka for giving me this opportunity to serve the state; I re-dedicate myself for the state of Karnataka. The elections were a wonderful coordinated effort by the observers,” she added.

Jun 10, 2022 21:10 IST

Karnataka | Sitharaman, 2 Others from BJP Win; Cong Manages 1 Seat

The BJP managed to win the much-contested fourth seat in the Rajya Sabha elections for Karnataka. Lehar Singh of the BJP won in the second round of counting of votes. With this, the BJP has won three seats in Nirmala Sitharaman, Jaggesh and Lehar Singh while the Congress has managed to send Jairam Ramesh to the RS. The JDS failed to secure victory for its only candidate. The results are yet to be declared

Jun 10, 2022 20:44 IST

Rajasthan | CM Gehlot Says Results 'Clear from the Beginning'

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot celebrated the victory of three candidates from the Congress on Twitter saying it was “clear from the beginning”. He tweeted in Hindi: “It was clear from the beginning that the Congress had the required majority for all three seats. But BJP tried horse trading by fielding an independent. The solidarity of our MLAs has given a befitting reply to this effort. The BJP will face a similar defeat in the 2023 assembly elections as well.”

He added: “Congress’ victory in three Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan is a victory for democracy. I congratulate all the three newly elected MPs Shri Pramod Tiwari, Shri Mukul Wasnik and Shri Randeep Surjewala. I am sure that all the three MPs will be able to strongly advocate the rights of Rajasthan in Delhi.”

Jun 10, 2022 20:43 IST

Congress Wins 3 Seats, BJP Gets 1 in Rajasthan

The Congress won three seats and the BJP got one after Rajya Sabha election results for Rajasthan were declared after a delay in the counting of votes. Randeep Surjewala, Mukul Wasnik and Pramod Tiwari from the Congress were elected, while it was Ghanshyam Tiwari from the BJP. Independent candidate, supported by the BJP, and media baron Subhash Chandra faced defeat.

Randeep Surjewala: 43 votes Ghanshyam Tiwari: 43 votes Mukul Wasnik: 42 votes Pramod Tiwari: 41 votes Subhash Chandra: 30 votes

Jun 10, 2022 19:04 IST

Tribal Party MLAs Vote for Congress

After casting his vote in favour of the Congress, Bharatiya Tribal Party legislator Rajkumar Roat targeted its own party chief Velaram Ghoghra, saying he has become “old” to understand the issues. BTP legislators, Roat and Ramprasad Dindor voted in support of the ruling Congress candidates going against their party chief who had issued whip to its MLAs to not take part in the election process. “I would not like to say about our party state president. Now, he has become old and it is likely that he could not understand. But, our decision is for the benefit of tribals and people of the region. On the basis of this, we have decided to vote in the favour of the Congress candidates,” Roat said, adding that the decision had been taken collectively. In Rajasthan, the BTP has two MLAs who represent the tribal constituencies of Sagwada and Chaurasia. PTI

Jun 10, 2022 19:00 IST

Counting Delayed till All Objections Disposed of, No Green Signal by EC Yet

The counting of votes will be delayed till all objections are disposed of. The EC has not yet given the green signal for the counting to begin for three states. Officials said there was a prohibition on counting of votes till the disposal of objections. The states concerned did not send a report to the EC, officials added.

Jun 10, 2022 17:33 IST

Haryana | Polling for 2 RS Seats Ends, Independent MLA Abstains

Polling for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana ended with independent MLA Balraj Kundu abstaining. Eighty-nine legislators exercised their franchise out of total 90 seats, officials said. Polling began at 9 am. The BJP has fielded former minister Krishan Lal Panwar, while Ajay Maken, a former union minister, is the Congress nominee. Media baron Kartikeya Sharma entered the fray as an independent. Kundu, who has been vocal against the BJP-led government on several issues, remained firm in his decision to abstain from voting. Home minister Anil Vij and state BJP chief OP Dhankar went to Kundu’s home to persuade him but were unsuccessful. Kundu, the legislator from Meham, said, “I received many offers, including monetary. But I decided to act as per my conscience.” He alleged that there have been many scams during the BJP-JJP government, and said he could not support the party or any candidate backed by it or its ally. Kundu also hit out at the Congress for fielding Maken, saying, “The party insulted the people of Haryana by fielding an outsider. Therefore, due to these reasons, I have decided not to cast my vote and abstain from voting.” PTI

Jun 10, 2022 17:18 IST

Maharashtra | EC Turns Down BJP Demand to Invalidate 3 MVA Votes

In the Rajya Sabha elections for Maharashtra, the Election Commission turned down the BJP’s demand to invalidate votes of three MLAs from the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi — Jitendra Awhad, Yashomati Thakur and Suhas Kande.

Jun 10, 2022 13:34 IST

JDS Claims Congress is BJP's 'B Team'

Jun 10, 2022 13:16 IST

BJP Claims 2 Votes in Maha 'Invalid'

Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, NCP’s Praful Patel and Congress’ Imran Pratapgarhi also won the fiercely-fought elections.

Of the 284 valid votes, Goyal polled 48, Bonde 48, Mahadik 41.56, Raut 41, Pratapgarhi 44 and Patel 43.

The contest was for the sixth seat the BJP had fielded former MP Dhananjay Mahadik and the Shiv Sena candidate was Sanjay Pawar, who lost. Mahadik and Pawar hail from Kolhapur in western Maharashtra.

The high-stake battle for the sixth turned out to be a nail-biting affair with the Congress and BJP trading charges, even approaching the Election Commission.

“Elections are contested not just for the fight, but the victory. Jai Maharashtra,” tweeted BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, whose refusal to have a consensus candidate for the Rajya Sabha led to elections in the state after 24 years.

The counting of votes started after an eight-hour delay amid complaints of cross voting and rules violation by the BJP and the ruling alliance.

Both BJP and the Shiv Sena approached the Election Commission, alleging cross voting and seeking disqualification of votes.

The poll panel directed the Rajya Sabha election returning officer of Maharashtra to reject the vote cast by Shiv Sena legislator Suhas Kande, after which the counting of votes got underway after 1 am. The first result was out in two hours.

After the stunning setback, Congress leaders admitted shortcomings in coordination in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi.

Maharashtra Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat told reporters in Vidhan Bhavan that it is a matter of study as to what went wrong.

BJP was cunning in holding up the counting and getting one vote invalid. We were confident that all four of our candidates will win comfortably, the Congress leader said.

Imran Pratapgarhi, the victorious Congress candidate said he was happy with his win but the defeat of Shiv Sena candidate Sanjay Pawar was unfortunate.

NCP leader Praful Patel said he will continue to make sure the concerns of Maharashtra are heard and addressed.

A huge thank you to all my supporters and well wishers for electing me to serve as the Rajya Sabha Member of the Parliament. I express my heartfelt gratitude to Hon’ble Pawar Saheb and NCP for entrusting me with this responsibility, he tweeted.

I am deeply humbled by your support, and I want to assure you that I will continue to work day and night to make sure that your concerns and of my Maharashtra state are heard and addressed, he added.

Raut blamed the poll panel for the defeat of the fourth MVA candidate.

Election Commission made our one vote invalid. We objected to two votes but no action was taken on that demand. Election Commission favoured them (BJP), Raut said.

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