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Rajya Sabha Election Result LIVE Updates: BJP Wins 9 Seats in UP Prestige Battle, Exacts Revenge on SP-BSP for Bypoll Loss | March 23, 2018, 11:20 PM IST
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The BJP has won the prestige battle in Uttar Pradesh, bagging nine seats by defeating the SP and BSP combine and avenging the Lok Sabha bypoll loss. The saffron party was assured of winning eight seats and relied on support of independents and rebels to clinch the ninth seat. Samajwadi Party candidate Jaya Bachchan won the tenth seat. In Karnataka, the Congress bagged three seats while the BJP won the fourth after high drama as the JD(S) boycotted voting. Voting was held for 25 of the 58 Rajya Sabha seats that will fall vacant this April. Thirty three candidates were elected unopposed earlier.

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Mar 23, 2018 11:20 pm (IST)

Celebrations broke out at Uttar Pradesh CM's office following BJP's big win in UP Rajya Sabha elections.

Mar 23, 2018 11:09 pm (IST)

I am thankful to all those who supported BJP candidates. I thank all BJP MLAs and allies. I congratulate all the winners: Yogi Adityanath

Mar 23, 2018 11:01 pm (IST)

UP CM Yogi Adityanath addresses a press conference after Rajya Sabha election results. He said, this is a major victory in UP.  Nine candidates from the BJP have won today's polls. I congratulate them. Once again, people of UP have seen opportunist face of SP. Opportunist parties have been defeated. This is a major victory of UP, he added.

Mar 23, 2018 10:59 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took to Twitter to congratulate the winners of Rajya Sabha Elections 2018, he wrote: Congratulations to all those elected to the Rajya Sabha from various states and best wishes for their Parliamentary career. I hope they effectively voice the aspirations of the states they will represent.

Mar 23, 2018 10:43 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate the winners of Rajya Sabha Elections 2018. He wrote: Congratulations to all those elected to the Rajya Sabha from various states and best wishes for their Parliamentary career. I hope they effectively voice the aspirations of the states they will represent.

Mar 23, 2018 10:34 pm (IST)

This is the victory of democracy and it is for the welfare of Uttar Pradesh, said BJP State President, Mahendra Nath Pandey, on Rajya Sabha elections result.

Mar 23, 2018 10:29 pm (IST)

BJP has hailed the result as a victory of better governance and management. The verdict is also a shot in the arm for chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who personally led the BJP preparations for the Rajya Sabha bypoll after facing questions over the bypoll loss to SP in Gorakhpur, a saffron party bastion that had sent him to Lok Sabha five times.

Mar 23, 2018 10:19 pm (IST)

Anil Agarwal of the BJP has won the tenth Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh, defeating BSP’s BR Ambedkar in the counting of second preference votes. The BSP candidate got only 32 votes, five votes short of the required 37 votes while Agarwal got 16 votes in the first round that led to the counting of second preference votes, where Agarwal won. A win over Ambedkar in the high-stakes battle means the BJP has been able to exact revenge after losing the crucial Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats to the SP this month in by-elections in which the latter had the backing of the BSP. As quid pro quo, the SP had decided to back the BSP in the bypoll, but Mayawati’s party still fell short and needed the support of Congress and a few on top of that. The week leading up to the election had seen hectic parleying as both sides tried to shore up the numbers.

Mar 23, 2018 10:12 pm (IST)

Anil Agarwal of the BJP has won the tenth Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh, defeating BSP’s BR Ambedkar in the counting of second preference votes.

Mar 23, 2018 9:51 pm (IST)

The eight BJP members who will be sent to Rajya Sabha from UP are Arun Jaitley, Ashok Bajpai, Vijaya Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, Harnath Singh Yadav and GVL Narsimha Rao.

Mar 23, 2018 9:48 pm (IST)

BSP candidate BR Ambedkar got 32 votes while BJP’s ninth candidate Anil Agarwal got 16 votes of first preference. Counting of second preference votes is underway, but sources say that the BJP is confident of snatching victory. 

Mar 23, 2018 9:46 pm (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Rajya Sabha Election | The results for nine seats for Uttar Pradesh have finally come in. The BJP has won 8 seats and the Samajwadi Party bagged one. SP candidate Jaya Bachchan got 38 seats while all eight BJP candidates got 39 votes each. All eyes are now on the results of the tenth seat.

Mar 23, 2018 9:26 pm (IST)

I am very happy to have received the maximum number of votes. Happy with the trust shown in me. It is an honor for me to serve Karnataka and serve my city Bengaluru, said Rajeev Chandrashekhar, BJP after winning Rajya Sabha Elections from Karnataka.

Mar 23, 2018 9:22 pm (IST)

Win or Lose, Mayawati Will Make a Powerful Statement With UP Rajya Sabha Results | Lakhna, on the borders of Chambal ravines, is a non-descript town 20 kilometres from Etawah. On an upswing after four years of Samajwadi Party rule since 2003, Mayawati was throwing a serious challenge to Mulayam Singh Yadav, even in his own backyard in Yadav dominated constituencies of central Uttar Pradesh. By some queer stroke of luck or maybe design, Behenji nominated Bhim Rao Ambedkar to take on the SP from Lakhna in 2007. If politics is about perception and messaging, then Mayawati succeeded in doing precisely that by winning a comfortable majority in the state and getting Ambedkar elected from Mulayam’s bastion. In 2018, when Mayawati fights, perhaps, the toughest political battle in decades, she has once picked B R Ambedkar from Lakhna to knit a strong narrative irrespective of the outcome of the polls. There is a strong historic link to Ambedkar’s selection in 2018 Rajya Sabha elections. This history has been a part of the Dalit narrative as it sought to carve a niche for itself through various strands of identity politics.

Mar 23, 2018 8:42 pm (IST)

Karnataka Rajya Sabha Election | After a day of high drama, the Congress will send three candidates to the Rajya Sabha and the BJP will send one, Rajiv Chandrashekhar. This would be the third consecutive Rajya Sabha term for Chandrashekhar, but the first time as a BJP MP. L Hanumanthaiah, Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrashekar are the newly elected MPs from Congress. The JD(S) decided to boycott voting after complaining that the returning officer was favouring the Congress party.

Mar 23, 2018 8:32 pm (IST)

Telangana's ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) bagged all three Rajya Sabha seats for which polling was held on Friday. B Prakash, J Santosh Kumar and AB Lingaiah Yadav were elected to the Upper House. Congress candidate and former union minister P. Balram Naik was defeated, officials said. A total of 108 members of the Assembly voted. Prakash secured 33 votes while Santosh Kumar and Yadav polled 32 votes each. The Congress candidate got only 10 votes as independent member D Prakash Reddy's vote was declared invalid by the Election Commission. The poll panel took the decision after the complaint by the Returning Officer that Prakash Reddy showed his vote to the Congress agent before casting it.

Mar 23, 2018 8:25 pm (IST)

Jharkhand | Election Commission has rejected the complaint against  suspended Jharkhand Vikas Morcha MLA Prakash Ram after reviewing the video. It was alleged that he did not show his ballot paper to the party's authorised representative after casting vote, reports ANI.

Mar 23, 2018 8:23 pm (IST)

Jharkhand Rajya Sabha Election 2018 | The BJP and Congress shared one seat each from Jharkhand. Amid confusing scenes, the Congress candidate had conceded defeat, thinking that he had fallen short by three seats and the BJP workers had started celebrations. But the returning officer has announced that both parties have won one seat each. 

Mar 23, 2018 8:18 pm (IST)

The vote of Rajkumar Yadav of CPI-ML in Bihar is also likely to be canceled as he voted for the Congress candidate but ticked the Nota option too, officials said.

Mar 23, 2018 8:09 pm (IST)

One BSP and one BJP vote has been declared invalid in Uttar Pradesh because of faulty voting. The decision could have massive implications with the two parties being locked in a close contest for the tenth seat from the state.

Mar 23, 2018 7:51 pm (IST)

Counting of votes started in Karnataka. Two Congress MLAs, Kagodu Thimmappa and Baburao Chinchansur, were given a chance to vote for the second time as they had made a mistake. But CEC has told returning officer to reject their votes.  Earlier in the day, JD(S) candidate BM Farooq alleged that the returning officer S Murthy was favouring the Congress in Karnataka RS polls. There was also an exchange of words between the JDS leaders and the returning officer.

Mar 23, 2018 7:41 pm (IST)

Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) leader Babulal Marandi has suspended Prakash Ram from party for not showing his ballot paper to the party's authorised representative after casting vote, reports News18's Alok Kumar. Bandhu Tirky, JVM agent, said, Prakash Ram did not show him the ballot paper. Earlier, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha has filed the complaint with Election Commission of India against Prakash Ram for cross-voting and cancellation of his vote.

Mar 23, 2018 7:27 pm (IST)

Counting of votes has also started in Jharkhand after a delay of over two hours, but the Election Commission has directed officials not to declare the results. The poll panel had put the counting on hold after receiving a complaint from Jharkhand Vikas Morcha for cancellation of vote of Prakash Ram, who cross-voted.

Mar 23, 2018 7:14 pm (IST)

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi has been elected to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal. He won after he got votes from both his party and the Trinamool Congress. Apart from Singhvi, four others from the Trinamool Congress were elected from West Bengal. The four are: Abir Ranjan Biswas, Subhashis Chakraborty, Nadimul Haque and Santanu Sen.

Mar 23, 2018 7:08 pm (IST)

Counting of votes for Rajya Sabha elections begins in Uttar Pradesh after clearance from the Election Commission. ACEO Ramesh Rai said, the CCTV footage has been examined and nothing objectionable has been found. The process was halted after BSP has filed complaint with EC saying MLAs Nitin Agarwal and Anil Singh did not show votes to polling agents before casting their vote. Both these MLAs are believed to have cross-voted.

Mar 23, 2018 7:00 pm (IST)

Janata Dal leader MP Veerendra Kumar elected to Rajya Sabha from Kerala. He got 89 votes while his opponent D Babu Prasad of the Congress polled 40 votes. Eight legislators of the Kerala Congress (Mani) and lone BJP MLA O Rajagopal boycotted the polling.

Mar 23, 2018 6:59 pm (IST)

TDP leader C M Ramesh, has been unanimously elected to Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh. 

Mar 23, 2018 6:44 pm (IST)

Counting of votes in Karnataka has not started as yet because Janata Dal (Secular) had complained to EC about some discrepancy. Janata Dal has boycotted the voting now, so that will also enhance our chances of victory, says Congress leader G Parameshwara.

Mar 23, 2018 6:34 pm (IST)

ECI has received a complaint from Jharkhand Vikas Morcha for cancellation of vote of Prakash Ram, who cross-voted. Further view will be taken by the Commission after receiving Returning Officer's report: Election Commission of India

Mar 23, 2018 6:29 pm (IST)

BJP's General Secretary Saroj Pandey has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha from Chhattisgarh by beating Congress' Lekhram Sahu. "BJP will win in other states as well under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah," she said in a statement to ANI.

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