Closing their gaps in Parliament’s Upper House, the BJP on June 11 won 12 Rajya Sabha seats, 2 of which came as a surprise win.
BJP’s newly elected RS Members Hindustan Times
Subhash Chandra (L) with RK Anand (R), during polling PTI
While 12 of the 14 votes were invalidated as they used the “wrong pen” to tick their choice, two other votes got invalidated because party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala accidentally showed his vote to party leader Kiran Chaudhary and one vote was unmarked.
BJP’s Mahesh Poddar (R) with MA Naqvi Indian Express
Though in Karnataka Congress tasted success in winning three of the 4 seats due to cross-voting by eight Janata Dal (S) MLAs and Congress’s nominee, with K C Ramamurthy, benefiting from votes gained by from former PM Deve Gowda’s party.
BJP’s Nirmala Sitharaman (C) Indian Express
Congress’s Kapil Sibal (Extreme R) PTI
Of all the wins and losses it was the large number of invalid votes in Haryana that took Congress by surprise, but many believe the move was not foolish error but a mark of clear revolt against party high command for choosing Anand.
Anand, who had support of Congress and INLD should have got the requisite 31 votes to beat Chandra with a combined strength of 36 (Congress 17, INLD 19), but with officials rejecting 14 votes, he lost a sufficient number even though he had more first preference votes.
Out of the 57 Rajya Sabha seats that fell vacant in 2016, candidates for 30 seats were elected unopposed and voting took place for remaining 27 seats. (BJP-12; Congress- 6; BSP – 2; SP -7)
*Includes BJP Backed independent candidates Hindustan Times