Rajya Sabha election LIVE updates: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala and senior leader Jairam Ramesh were among the eight candidates elected to the Rajya Sabha on Friday from Karnataka and Rajasthan, while counting got delayed in Maharashtra and Haryana amid wrangling by rival parties over alleged breach of voting rules.
Representations made by the BJP and the Congress and its allies, accusing each other of flouting the open balloting rules and seeking invalidation of the votes of some MLAs, are being examined by the Election Commission. The counting will be taken up only after the poll panel gives the go-ahead. In an emphatic endorsement for the BJP in Karnataka, the ruling party had the last laugh as it won all the three Rajya Sabha seats it contested out of the four that went to polls. The main opposition Congress managed to win only one of the two seats for which its nominees were in the fray, while the JD(S) drew a blank.
Maha Vikas Aghadi writes to the EC demanding cancellation of vote of BJP MLA Sudhir Mungantiwar & independent MLA Ravi Rana
Jun 10, 20229:22 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
Karnataka Rajya Sabha election results declared, all three BJP candidates won
BJP won three out of the four seats in the Rajya Sabha polls in Karnataka while the Congress bagged the fourth seat. Nirmala Sitharaman, CT Ravi and Jaggesh won the three seats for the BJP while the fourth seat was won by Jairam Ramesh from Congress.
Jun 10, 20229:18 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
RS polls: Counting halted in Maha, Haryana over accusations of violation of rules
The counting of votes for the Rajya Sabha elections was delayed on Friday in Maharashtra and Haryana over alleged violation of rules, officials said.
The counting was held up in Maharashtra after opposition BJP alleged three MLAs of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA)--Cabinet ministers Jitendra Awhad (NCP) and Yashomati Thakur (Congress), besides Shiv Sena legislator Suhas Kande violated the model code for voting.
"We have filed an appeal before the Election Commission of India, seeking that their votes be held invalid," said a state BJP leader.
The BJP has alleged that Awhad and Thakur handed over their ballots to their party agents instead of only showing them the ballots, while Kande showed his ballot to two different agents.
The counting has been put on hold in Haryana for identical reasons.
The BJP and the Independent candidate backed by it have urged the Election Commission to cancel the votes of two Congress MLAs.
Jun 10, 20228:55 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
BJP suspends Rajasthan MLA Shobharani Kushwah for cross-voting in favour of Cong candidate Pramod Tiwari in RS elections: Party sources.
Jun 10, 20228:25 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
All three candidates of Congress - Pramod Tiwari, Mukul Wasnik and Randeep Surjewala - win from Rajasthan, tweets CM Ashok Gehlot.
Jun 10, 20226:49 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
A Congress delegation reaches the office of the Election Commission of India in Delhi
Jun 10, 20226:49 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
Karnataka Cong Chief, DK Shivkumar on JD(S) leader HD Revanna reportedly showing ballot paper to him:
Jun 10, 20225:25 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
Haryana: BJP-JJP backed independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma writes to Election Commission of India
BJP-JJP backed independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma writes to Election Commission of India, demanding cancellation of votes of Congress MLAs Kiran Choudhry & BB Batra, due to "violation of the secrecy of votes in the Conduct of Election Rules 1961"
Jun 10, 20225:12 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
Haryana: Ajay Maken writes to EC, claiming Krishan Lal Panwar and Kartikeya Sharma are trying to interfere with election results
(Reported by Puneet)
Jun 10, 20225:05 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
Rajasthan: BTP MLAs vote for Congress in RS polls
After casting his vote in favour of Congress in Rajya Sabha polls, Bharatiya Tribal Party legislator Rajkumar Roat on Friday targeted its own party chief Velaram Ghoghra, saying he has become "old" to understand the issues. BTP legislators, Roat and Ramprasad Dindor voted in support of the ruling Congress candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls on Friday going against their party chief who had issued whip to its MLAs to not take part in the election process.
"I would not like to say about our party state president. Now, he has become old and it is likely that he could not understand. But, our decision is for the benefit of tribals and people of the region. On the basis of this, we have decided to vote in the favour of the Congress candidates," Roat told reporters after casting vote.
He said that the decision was taken collectively. In Rajasthan, the BTP has two MLAs who represent the tribal constituencies of Sagwada and Chaurasia.
Jun 10, 20224:27 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
Rajasthan: All 200 MLAs cast their vote
The counting of votes for the four seats will start at 5 pm.
Jun 10, 20224:18 PM (IST)Posted by Sri Lasya
Shiv Sena claims 2 AIMIM MLAs voted for Sena's candidate Sanjay Pawar
The ruling party in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena claimed that two MLAs of AIMIM had voted for its party's candidate Sanjay Pawar.
Jun 10, 20223:44 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Another bench of Bombay HC refuses to hear Malik's plea seeking release from jail to cast vote in RS polls
Hours after a single bench of the Bombay High Court on Friday rejected Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik's plea seeking temporary release from jail to enable him to cast his vote in the Rajya Sabha elections, voting for which is underway, another bench of the high court refused to entertain his petition. A single bench presided over by Justice Bharati Dangre refused an immediate hearing to Malik saying there was no question of sending him for casting his vote with a police escort when permission for the same had been refused by the special court. Voting for six seats of Rajya Sabha from the state, which began at the Vidhan Bhavan here at 9 am, will continue till 4 pm. Malik, an NCP leader, is currently in jail in a money laundering case. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on February 23 this year in connection with a money laundering probe linked to the activities of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim and his aides.
Jun 10, 20223:40 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
All 200 Rajasthan MLAs cast vote for 4 RS seats; one BJP MLA cross votes
All 200 Rajasthan MLAs had cast their vote for the Rajya Sabha elections by Friday afternoon. The counting of votes for the four seats will start at 5 pm. Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria admitted that one BJP MLA has cross-voted, which might make the victory of Independent candidate Subhash Chandra difficult. "How can we win two seats when we had the votes to win just one seat? We lost nothing. As far as cross-voting by one MLA is concerned, the party will take action for violating the whip," he told reporters while leaving the assembly after polling. BJP state president Satish Poonia said the party's high command has been informed about the cross-voting.
Jun 10, 20223:34 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
JD(S) MLA defies party line to votes for Congress candidate in Karnataka
The JD(S) leadership on Friday claimed at least two disgruntled MLAs did not vote in favour of its candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls for four seats from Karnataka, defying the party's diktat, with one of its legislators admitting he did so since he "loved" voting for the Congress nominee.
The regional party's Kolar MLA K Srinivas Gowda cast his vote for the Congress candidate, while Gubbi MLA S R Srinivas put a blank ballot paper into the box, which will be counted as invalid, JD(S) legislature party leader H D Kumaraswamy said, fuming at his colleagues.
While Gowda accepted he voted for the Congress candidate, Srinivas rejected Kumaraswamy's claim and insisted he voted for his party's pick.
Jun 10, 20222:16 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Independent MLA Balraj Kundu abstains in Haryana
Independent legislator Balraj Kundu decided to abstain, saying the ruling BJP has been hit by scams while the Congress has "insulted" people by fielding outsider Ajay Maken.
Jun 10, 20222:10 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Most Maha MLAs cast their votes by 2 pm
A total of 278 Maharashtra MLAs cast their votes till around 1.30 on Friday in the election for six Rajya Sabha seats in the state, where a close contest is being played out between the ruling Shiv Sena and the opposition BJP for the sixth seat.
Jun 10, 20222:08 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
278 MLAs cast vote in Mumbai till 2 pm
278 MLAs have cast their votes in Mumbai till 2 pm.
Jun 10, 20222:07 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Polling concludes in Harayana
Polling concludes in Harayana for Rajya Sabha polls. Counting to start at 5 pm.
Jun 10, 20221:27 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
260 MLAs cast vote in Mumbai till 1 pm
Mumbai: 260 MLAs have cast their vote in Mumbai till 1 pm
Jun 10, 20221:16 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Wrong to take away voting rights of MLAs in jail: TMC's Yashwant Sinha
Jun 10, 20221:08 PM (IST)Posted by Abhinav Ranjan
Haryana: JJP demands to annul votes of 2 Congress MLAs
The Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), a constituent of the ruling alliance in Haryana, has demanded from the ECI to annul the votes of two Congress MLAs -- BB Batra and Kiran Chaudhary. JJP said that the MLAs didn't show their ballot papers to the authorised agents after exercising their franchise.
Jun 10, 202212:50 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Kumaraswamy alleges horse trading bid in Karnataka, claims Siddaramaiah in touch with JD(S) MLAs
Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Kumaraswamy on Friday alleged "horse-trading" in the Karnataka Rajya Sabha elections claiming that Congress leader Siddaramaiah was pressurising JDS MLAs to not vote for their own party but that of the candidate of the grand old party.
Jun 10, 202212:49 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
JD(S) MLA Srinivasa Gowda claims he voted for Congress
Karnataka JD(S) MLA K Srinivasa Gowda on Friday said that he voted in favour of Congress as the polling for the Rajya Sabha for four Rajya Sabha seats is underway.
Jun 10, 202212:44 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Polling for two RS seats in Haryana underway, several MLAs cast vote
Several Haryana MLAs cast their votes in the first hours of voting for the two Rajya Sabha seats from the state on Friday with Congress MLAs, who were lodged in a resort in Chattisgarh's Raipur due to poaching fears, reaching Chandigarh for the exercise.
Jun 10, 202212:42 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Plea in SC seeks stay on RS election result in Rajasthan over BSP MLAs who joined Congress
A plea has been mentioned before the Supreme Court on Friday seeking a stay on the declaration of the Rajya Sabha elections result, in view of six Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs who had defected to the Congress Party.
Jun 10, 202212:22 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Reports of cross voting in Rajasthan
Reportedly, in the Rajya Sabha elections which is underway on 16 seats, BJP' Shobha Rani Kushwaha voted for Pramod Tiwari of Congress. Shobha Rani's husband BL Kushwaha is currently in jail.
BJP MLA Siddhi Kumari had to cast her vote to independent candidate Subhash Chandra, but she mistakenly cast vote to Ghanshyam Tiwari.
BJP MLA Kailash Meena from Dag had shown his vote to his agent after voting. Congress agent Govind Singh Dotsara also claimed to have seen his vote in his favour. Now the decision will be taken after watching the video recording of CCTV and Election Commission.
- Reports Manish Bhattacharya
Jun 10, 202212:00 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
HC rejects Maha minister Nawab Malik's plea seeking release from jail to cast vote in RS polls
The Bombay High Court on Friday rejected Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik's petition seeking release from jail here to enable him to cast his vote in the Rajya Sabha elections, polling for which is underway.
Jun 10, 202211:46 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Supporters gather outside legislative assembly in Maharashtra
A large number of supporters have started gathering outside the Vidhan Bhavan for Congress Rajya Sabha candidate Imran Pratapgarhi and are praying for his victory.
Reports Jayprakash Singh
Jun 10, 202211:37 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Haryana Congress MLAs arrive at the residence of LoP & former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda
Jun 10, 202211:36 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Haryana CM ML Khattar casts his vote
Jun 10, 202211:17 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Rajasthan: 40 pc of votes for Rajya Sabha polls cast till 10.30 am
Nearly 40 per cent of the votes for the Rajya Sabha elections have been cast by 10.30 am in Rajasthan. The voting started at 9 am in the assembly building and will continue till 4 pm.
Jun 10, 202210:49 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Maharashtra: 50% of polling has been completed in the first 1.5 hours
50% of polling has been completed in the first 1.5 hours. 143 MLAs exercised their right to vote. More than 60 BJP MLAs and 20 Congress MLAs have cast their votes for Rajya Sabha elections: Sources
Jun 10, 202210:16 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Voting underway in Karnataka, tight contest for 4th seat
Voting is underway in the Rajya Sabha polls for four seats from Karnataka on Friday, as suspense continues over the outcome of the fourth seat, for which all three political parties are contenders, despite none of them having adequate number of votes to win it.
Jun 10, 202210:15 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Polling for 2 RS seats in Haryana begins
Polling for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana is underway with Congress MLAs, who were lodged in a resort in Chattisgarh's Raipur due to fear of poaching, on their way to Chandigarh.
Jun 10, 202210:14 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Jaipur | Rajasthan CM & Congress leader Ashok Gehlot casts his vote
Jun 10, 202210:12 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
All candidates from MVA are going to win: Maharashtra minister Aslam Shaikh
Jun 10, 202210:10 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai casts his vote in Rajya Sabha Election2022 at Vidhana Soudha
Jun 10, 202210:03 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Polling underway for 16 RS seats in four seats
Polling for 16 Rajya Sabha seats in four states is underway amid allegations of attempts at horse-trading by rival parties which have corralled their MLAs in hotels and scenic resorts.
Jun 10, 20229:15 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Maharashtra: AIMIM MLAs to vote for Cong candidate in Rajya Sabha polls
The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has decided to vote in favour of the Congress candidate in fray for the Rajya Sabha polls from Maharashtra being held today.
Jun 10, 20228:14 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
How are members of Rajya Sabha elected?
Members of Rajya Sabha are elected by the elected members of the Assemblies of States and Union territories in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote.
Jun 10, 20228:08 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Parties fear horse-trading, cross-voting
The MVA has shifted all its MLAs to a hotel in Mumbai fearing horse-trading. The alliance, however, is expressing confidence in bagging all the six seats from the state. While the BJP-JJP alliance has lodged their MLAs to a resort in Chandigarh, the Congress leaders were moved to a resort in the city.
Jun 10, 20228:06 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
41 candidates elected unopposed
All 41 candidates from Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Telangana were elected unopposed last Friday after the biennial elections to 57 Rajya Sabha seats were announced recently.
Jun 10, 20228:05 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Parties on guard ahead of high-stake polls in 4 states
The polling to elect the members of the Upper House of the Parliament on 16 Rajya Sabha seats spread across four states will take place today amid speculations of horse-trading and fears of cross-voting.
Jun 10, 20227:52 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
AIMIM backs MVA Rajya Sabha candidates in Maharashtra