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Mayawati maintained suspense over transferring her party’s surplus votes for RS polls


EC not to cancel Rajya Sabha polls in Karnataka

In Uttarakhand, Congress candidate Pradeep Tamta was declared elected for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in the hill state despite strong differences of opinion within the party over his candidature.

“Right now it can not be said, as all the things need to become clear as to what really happened”.

“We are going to support Moraraka”, Rameshwar Dudi, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly and senior Congress leader, told IANS.

Sources said the party was shocked by the behaviour of the 14 MLAs who apparently got their votes invalid by marking the ballot with a wrong pen and would go into the entire issue and fix responsibility. “After votes which were needed for my victory, the share of my votes got transferred to Chandra and this took tally of his votes to 29”, he said.

Ranchi: High drama was witnessed today when JMM MLA Chamra Linda was arrested in connection with an arrest warrant as voting in the Rajya Sabha elections to fill two seats from Jharkhand was on today, raising questions over police action.

The Congress, which has 57 MLAs, has fielded Vivek Tankha who is also expected to win given that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) with four legislators has also pledged him support.

As part of its strategy to ensure defeat of Congress, BJP has fielded a number of independent candidates in the states where polling is taking place.

As the ruling party (Congress) has 123 lawmakers in the 225-member assembly, election of Fernandes and Ramesh was a fait accompli, while Ramamurthy required at least 14 more votes in addition to the 31 surplus votes as the two former central ministers bagged 46 votes each. If it was Congress at the receiving end in Haryana, revolt-hit Janata Dal (Secular) suffered the humiliation in Karnataka with eight of its MLAs cross voting in favour of Congress.

The JDS saw open defiance when four of its members stayed away from the legislature party meeting yesterday.

The Essel Group Chairman had contested as an independent candidate from the state and was backed by the BJP for the Rajya Sabha polls.

In the last two years, Congress has used its majority in the Rajya Sabha to delay the Constitutional (One Hundred Twenty Second Amendment) Bill, which has to be passed to implement the country’s biggest tax reform.

The first verdict came from the Supreme Court which rejected a petition by a BJP MLA, Rajendra Meshram, to be permitted to vote.

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