Overtaking Congress by one seat, BJP now largest party in Rajya Sabha

The ruling party, which has clear majority in the Lok Sabha, is expected to win more seats early next year, but will still not be in majority in the 245-member Upper House. The BJP's strength has gone up to 58, overtaking the Congress's 57 with the election of Sampathiya Uikey from Madhya Pradesh.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published:August 5, 2017 6:05 am
BJP, BJP strength, Rajya sabha, lok sabha, India news, indian express news he BJP’s strength has gone up to 58, overtaking the Congress’s 57 with the election of Sampathiya Uikey from Madhya Pradesh. Uikey, a tribal leader, took oath as Rajya Sabha member on Thursday.

The BJP has for the first time in its history become the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha, overtaking the Congress by one seat. The ruling party, which has clear majority in the Lok Sabha, is expected to win more seats early next year, but will still not be in majority in the 245-member Upper House. The BJP’s strength has gone up to 58, overtaking the Congress’s 57 with the election of Sampathiya Uikey from Madhya Pradesh. Uikey, a tribal leader, took oath as Rajya Sabha member on Thursday.

If the BJP’s third candidate, Balwantsinh Rajput, a former Congressman who joined the BJP last month, manages to win the August 8 Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, defeating Congress veteran Ahmed Patel, the party’s tally will go up further. The BJP’s strength in the Rajya Sabha remained below 50 during the NDA regime under Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The party’s position is expected to improve in the coming years as the BJP and its allies are in power in 18 of the 29 states. Although the party is not likely to get majority on its own in the current term of the Narendra Modi government, the government will have a smoother run in the Upper House with the support of allies and friendly parties.

The recent developments in Bihar, where Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) returned to NDA, also improved its position in the Rajya Sabha.

Fifty-seven seats in the Rajya Sabha will fall vacant in April 2018. Of the 10 seats falling vacant from Uttar Pradesh, the BJP — which won a landslide victory in the recent election — is expected to get as many as nine, a gain of eight seats. The party’s prospects would be bright in states like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan where seats will be vacated.

In the elections to nine seats on August 8, six are in West Bengal and three in Gujarat. In West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC is set to get five MPs elected while the Congress is expected to win one seat.

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    Trun
    Aug 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    Achey din for BJP, but poor common man still has to get his tomato and onions right.
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      ksp
      Aug 5, 2017 at 11:32 am
      BJP deserves congratulations for the phoenix like rise of the party during last 3 years or so. This is a bunch of leaders who are highly focused on what they want to achieve and a lot of planning and organising goes into whatever action they take. There is no scope for laxity. To illustrate the point recently BJP conducted a mock VP election where some of the MPs failed to vote correctly.
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        Theeagu
        Aug 5, 2017 at 10:39 am
        Congress is the only solution for good Governance. They should shun corruption. During the three years ruling BJP is implementing the schemes of Congress. Nothing new except demonitisation. The adverse effect demonitisation will be felt for another few years. BJP is only making noises and making common man life horrible. BJP preaching hate. No development. The Government inaugurating the projects of Congress. Self boasting. The strength of BJP is Congress weakness. They are not active in the absence of power. They have to wake up and should kept aside corrupted. This is expectation of non political persons.
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          S.Suresh
          Aug 5, 2017 at 7:55 am
          People know real fact.
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            PooP PaPoO
            Aug 5, 2017 at 7:51 am
            Cong mukt bharat is getting real day by day. So now Congress will be distant memory soon like the mughal and British Empire.----Jai hind. Reply
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              rick patel
              Aug 5, 2017 at 8:18 am
              it will be congress mukt divided bharat very soon.another pakistan, congrats.
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                Dipesh Rathod
                Aug 5, 2017 at 10:52 am
                No party is born to live a lifetime of government. Congress lived for 70 years and the nation wants a change in the agenda. We do not want overuse of secularism and democracy.
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                  Indian
                  Aug 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm
                  Dear Rick, You are right but the current govt is not understanding this fact that if you divide people only to get power than one day when the limit of divide is reached than off course land will also be divided because country is made of people not land if there is no people then no country only land is there. I pray it doesn't happen but if any rebellion take place then China Pak will support them to separate as now they are supporting naxalites. I pray that the Majority people of India will understand the adverse affect of this divide of people and not let be divided. We are in 2017 this is the age of science and technology we should talk about infrastructure, jobs, medical facilities, electricity, education, etc. but we are being forced to deviate from the core issues to unnecessary and fatal issues.
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                anonymous
                Aug 5, 2017 at 7:39 am
                The Congress can still lead and dictate. Still it can thwart the nefarious BJP policies.
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                  PooP PaPoO
                  Aug 5, 2017 at 7:53 am
                  Hello ScamGress KhanGress BHAKT. About time you faced reality
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                    PooP PaPoO
                    Aug 5, 2017 at 7:54 am
                    ScamGress KhanGress BHAKT. stop dreaming
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