For the first time ever, BJP has more MPs in Rajya Sabha than Congress

In the Rajya Sabha, the BJP has struggled to push through reforms mainly due to its lack of majority in the House.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 4, 2017 1:43 pm
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became the largest party in the Rajya Sabha Thursday when Sampatiya Uikey, a woman tribal leader from Madhya Pradesh, was elected unopposed. Uikey’s election was necessitated by the death of Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave in May. This is the first time that the BJP has more MPs than the Congress in the 245-seat Upper House although they still do not have a majority. As of Friday, the BJP has 58 MPs, followed by the Congress (57), Samajwadi Party (18), AIADMK (13), Trinamoool Congress (12) and JD(U) (10). The Left and other smaller parties have single-digit MPs.

Next week, decisive elections will be held for six RS seats in West Bengal and three in Gujarat. While the ruling Trinamool Congress, which has a massive majority in the state Assembly, can win five out of six seats, the Congress can win the remaining seat. In Gujarat, the BJP will be able to get party president Amit Shah and Textiles Minister Smriti Irani elected on two seats (vacated by its own members), while the third seat is up for grabs. The Congress has nominated Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Sonia Gandhi, for the third seat. At the same time, the BJP has put forward Balwantsinh Rajput, a former Congress MLA, as its candidate for the third seat.

Unlike the Lok Sabha, where the BJP-led NDA has a brute majority, in the Rajya Sabha, the party has struggled to push through reforms mainly due to its lack of majority and has had to depend on non-aligned regional parties like the AIADMK and BJD. Next year as Uttar Pradesh, the state which the BJP won with a landslide majority in March, sends its lawmakers, the BJP would be able to easily nominate at least eight MPs and thus boost its numbers in the Upper House.

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    ram
    Aug 5, 2017 at 12:02 am
    CONGRATULATIONS TO BJP. NOW THERE IS NO HITCH IN DELETING ARTICLE 370 AND ORDERING BUILDING A MAGNIFICIET RAM MANDIR AT AYODHYA.
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      Anand
      Aug 4, 2017 at 5:02 pm
      Great. Congrats! Soon we hope to see RS with 100 RSS.
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        congress secretary general
        Aug 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm
        Areh yaar all the crooks, all the loot maar politicians, mla thugs like nitish kumar are moving camp to bjp. Betay which ever party is in power gets all the con men politicians to switch sides. this is nothing new. Gives the congress party some time to do house cleaning.
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          Damodar Biswal
          Aug 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm
          Most of the politicians r corrupt but very few r like Lalu.Lalu is not only corrupt but also shameless.
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            ram
            Aug 5, 2017 at 12:05 am
            No body is corrupt in BJP all its members use pavitra gau-mutra and gobar while taking daily bath in braham mahurt
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          Narendra M Apte
          Aug 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm
          1. Strength of the Congress party in Rajya Sabha is now less than that of BJP and I suppose this is inevitable. There has been a continuous erosion of the Congress party’s voters’ base in all State Assembly elections held since 2014. 2. What will happen in Gujarat in this year’s assembly election and later in Karnataka will decide whether the Congress party will have an appropriate legislative presence to justify its ‘national’ character. 3. Considering its strength in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, it is time Congress high command does some serious self examination to find out why the party is losing voters everywhere. Credibility of the Congress party as a good opposition party has still not been established three years after it was ousted from power in the Centre in 2014. One wonders what is in store for the party in 2019 Lok Sabha election.
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            Deshu
            Aug 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm
            One has to blame Congress party for rise of BJP in Indian Politics.It has lost its iden y with the majority people of India by its appea t of Minorities to remain or come to power.Further its leaders at ude are alway against the interest of nation as whole and publicnow started doubting its integrity towards nation when Public saw its Vice President Rahul met Chinese Envoy to know position at Bhutan Border.Recent it lost bottle for having its own President of India and now next move is BJP's Vice President of India.
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              vatsal
              Aug 4, 2017 at 12:46 pm
              Congratulations to our Swyam Sevak Bandh jan. It is their collective effort and channelizing the " collective wish/energy of Swayam Sewaks" by Narendra bhai and Amit Bhai.
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                Devisahai Meena
                Aug 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm
                BJP is now a largest party in Parliament . Its (LS) leader is with biggest 56" chest . Now can repeal Article 370 and construct Ram temple at every foot they travel . Can merge Pakistan into India and melt China . Their nals are full of Cow dung and Gau mutr to turn China into ashes chanting Mantras . But 56" chest shrinking day by day .
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                  Chandu Shah
                  Aug 4, 2017 at 1:01 pm
                  It seems you are not happy but who cares majority of people in India are very happy. Come elections in 2019 they will be happier. So long as Gandhi Khan is at the helm of congress. The congis will keep on the decline
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                    Devisahai Meena
                    Aug 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm
                    Yes shaji -- India has seen many Up and Downs . Who they ( since 1925) didn't took part in freedom struggle , now(from 2014) ruling liberated India accidently and with intolerant at ude . It doesn't matter that i or some of us are happy or become unhappy as all is in the hands of mobocracy( not democracy)-- the muscle and money power which we seen in Arunachal pradesh , Goa , Manipur and recently in Bihar . Kindly do not get annoyed . Rgds !... dsm(67)
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                    Damodar Biswal
                    Aug 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm
                    Dear friend,why r u bringing irrelevant things to the discussion.
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                    RAMJANE
                    Aug 4, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                    Some people decided to give their votes to BJP and accept their slavery. They forgot too much power to one party will lead to the dictatorship and will make the any party or government arrogant will harass normal people with their ordinance and misuse of law. Keep our voting power and have a Congress as a strong opposition so they can represent us at least as an opposition. Dont forget democracy is by the people, for the people and to the people. Dont be puppets for a party which is no use for a common man.
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                      Apoorve
                      Aug 5, 2017 at 3:54 am
                      1> BJP has highest number of seats in RS, Its not in Majority. 2> People will vote for congress if they are worth of it. Congress should have formed govt. in Goa and Manipur as they had highest number of seats, But because of negligence of upper management (according to congress party member in respective states), they were not able to get it. INC should do intro check and must make changes in upper management (I don't mean that Rahul Gandhi should be president of Congress.)
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