New Delhi, June 10: The final stage Rajya Sabha polls or biennial elections will be held tomorrow, June 11, for 57 seats in seven states. Political parties in India all want to ensure they get their right candidate in the Upper House. Here is all you need to know about the Rajya Sabha polls to be held on Saturday in the seven states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Haryana.Also Read - Shashi Tharoor Quits Sansad TV Show Over Opposition MPs Suspension In Rajya Sabha
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In Uttar Pradesh, which has the highest number of Rajya Sabha seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supports an Independent candidate. Kapil Sibal senior leader of the Indian National Congress (INC) is the most affected candidate and seeks support of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), says reports. (Also Read: Cross voting a high probability in Uttar Pradesh Rajya Sabha polls tomorrow) Also Read - Indian Railways Not For Sale, Will Not Privatise it, Ashwini Vaishnaw Makes Big Announcement
The Samajwadi Party (SP) has seven candidates in UP, the BSP has two, the BJP one and the Congress one. The tug-of-war has been created by BJP after they supported 12th Independent candidate Preeti Mahapatra, who may directly impact Kapil Sibal. Otherwise tomorrow there would be simply 11 candidates for 11 seats.
In Madhya Pradesh, two of the BJP candidate could win easily, say reports. For the third seat there is a contest between the Congress and the BJP. From the state, the BJP has fielded eminent journalist M J Akbar and party strategist Anil Madhav Dave as its candidates. BJP’s third nominee is Vinod Gotia who entered the battle as an independent candidate. (Also Read: Congress asked to nominate Muslim leader from Madhya Pradesh to Rajya Sabha)
In Jharkhand, there are two seats where BJP has fielded its strongman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi who will win the seat. However a third candidate of the BJP called Mahesh Poddar filed his papers to make things difficult for the Congress-backed candidate Basant Soren, who is short of six votes to win the second seat. Gita Koda is another candidate who filed papers from Uttarakhand. (Also Read: BJP candidate M J Akbar files nomination for Jharkhand Rajya Sabha by-election)
In Uttarakhand, Congress leader Pradeep Tamta filed his nomination for biennial elections on June 11. Tamta will fight two independent candidates. It all depends upon Mayawati’s decision on who her party will support that will decide the fate of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. (Also Read: Congress MPs’ protest over Uttarakhand disrupts Rajya Sabha proceedings)
The Election Commission has refused to stop polling in Karnataka, at the behest of the Janata Dal Secular. On Saturday there will be a contest on four seats and Congress had already placed three of its candidates there and one from each the BJP and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S).
The candidates contesting from Karnataka are Oscar Fernandes, Jairam Ramesh and KC Ramamurthy (from Congress), BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman and JD-S leader B M Farooq are also contesting from Karnataka for the Upper House.
In Haryana, the polling for two Rajya Sabha seats will be conducted on Saturday. BJP is sure to win a seat in the state. The other is a contest between a BJP-backed Independent candidate and an Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) backed one for the second. The Congress in Haryana has no direct stakes, say reports, but will be affected.
Tomorrow six union ministers are seeking to return to the Rajya Sabha, including Nirmala Sitharaman, Muqtar Abbas Naqvi, Venkaiah Naidu, Chaudhary Birendra Singh, Piyush Goyal and Suresh Prabhu. The selection of Rajya Sabha members is based upon state legislative assembly vote.