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BSP leader accuses BJP of foul play in RS polls

BSP leader accuses BJP of foul play in RS polls

The party won 12 of the 25 seats that saw voting on Friday - nine from Uttar Pradesh and one each from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Karnataka.

Meanwhile, reports of cross-voting also emerged from Karnataka Rajya Sabha polls.

Counting for the Rajya Sabha elections 2018 took place in seven states today. While BSP MLA Anil Singh cross-voted for the BJP, its jailed MLA Mukhtar Ansari was denied permission by the Allahabad High Court to come out to vote.

BJP had the required strength to ensure the win for eight nominees but it had, in attempt to get an extra candidate elected and nix the new-found friendship between the SP and the BSP, had fielded nine candidates. However, The Indian Express reported that an analysis of the numbers revealed that while the Samajwadi Party's additional votes were transferred to the BSP, independent MLA Raja Bhaiyya, who had pledged his support to the Samajwadi Party, did not vote for its candidate.

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In the by-election held in Kerala, the Left Front-backed candidate M.P. Veerendra Kumar won by securing a huge margin against Congress candidate Babu Prasad. Elections will also be held for two seats in Jharkhand where three candidates are in the fray while in Chhattisgarh two candidates are in fray for the lone rajya sabha seat. To win, a candidate needed 46 votes and since BJP has 49 members in the 90-member assembly, her victory was a foregone conclusion.

Thirty-three candidates from ten States, including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha had already been declared elected unopposed on March 15. The Congress' winners are Syed Naseer Hussain and L Hanumanthaiah.

In Jharkhand, the BJP was able to get Samir Uraon elected but in the contest between two millionaires - BJP's Pradeep Senthalia and Congress' Dheeraj Sahu - the latter emerged the victor.

According to Uma Shankar Singh, 17 MLAs of the total 19 BSP legislators had cast their votes by midday and shown them to Verma. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee earlier said the Trinamool Congress would back Singhvi. The state's ruling TMC has chose to back the eminent lawyer.


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