Rajya Sabha polls: Uttar Pradesh MLAs indulge in cross-voting

Some of the MLAs openly indulged into cross-voting to convey their differences with their parties and their alignment towards other parties.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: June 11, 2016 9:49 pm
Samajwadi Party MLA Guddu Pandit(in Yellow Dress)along with Bhartiya janta Party MLA Sangeet Som(In Brick Colour Dress)and some other MLAs Blaming on Samajwadi Party Senior Leader Shivpal Singh Yadav,Yadav Trying to stop them to cast their vote for rajya Sabha election at state assembly in Lucknow on saturday.Express photo by Vishal Srivastav 11.06.2016 Samajwadi Party MLA Guddu Pandit and BJP MLA Sangeet Som after casting their votes. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Voting for the 11 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh took place amidst high drama on Saturday, as Congress, which was heavily banking on additional votes from Bahujan Samaj Party for its Rajya Sabha candidate Kapil Sibal, got a setback when at least of its three MLAs reportedly voted for independent candidate Preeti Mahapatra, who is supported by Bharatiya Janta Party and another three gave their first preference votes to Bahujan Samaj Party instead.

As election to the 11 Rajya Sabha seats took place close to the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, some of the MLAs openly indulged into cross-voting to convey their differences with their parties and their alignment towards other parties.

BJP MLA Gorakhpur Vijay Bahadur Yadav, who voted for Samajwadi Party said, “I have voted for the party, which can bring development to this State and my region. I voted for SP watching the development undertaken by Chief Minister and for betterment of my state and my region,” said Yadav.

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Whereas, two SP MLAs Bhagawan Sharma and Mukesh Sharma created ruckus as they came with BJP MLAs and alleged that SP MLAs misbehaved with them.

Mohd Muslim, Congress MLA from Tiloi, which is part Amethi Parliamentary constituency of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, was among those who gave their first preference votes to BSP. Muslim gave his first preference vote to BSP and second preference to Congress. Mohd Muslim has been facing resentment from the party leaders. Sources inform that apart from Muslim, two other Congress MLAs also gave their first preference votes to BSP.

Asked about the reason for voting for BSP in first preference, Muslim told the Indian Express, “I have all the respect for the family but the party is deteriorating, its workers like me are being neglected. I come from Rae Bareli but still I find it difficult to convey my feelings. I have voted today listening to my heart but that does not mean that I have decided to leave the party yet.”

However, Congress MLAs, who voted for BJP supported independent candidate from Gujarat, Preeti Mahapatra, were rather more vocal.

Congress MLA from Basti, Sanjay Pratap Jaiswal, who along with another Congress MLAs Vijay Dubey was seen sitting with BJP MLAs today, told The Indian Express, “My own party was doubting me. Yesterday, during Legislative Council election, they alloted me second preference votes. So today, we decided to put their speculations to rest by voting for Preeti Mahapatra instead.”

He claimed that two other Congress MLAs Vijay Bahadur and Madhuri Verma also voted in favour of Mahapartra but added that their reasons were best known to them.

While SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav personally visited Vidhan Sabha during voting hours, senior Congress leaders Gulam Nabi Azad, Madhusudan Mistry, State President Nirmal Khatri were also present.

Amidst all this, voting was also disrupted for few minutes as Samajwadi Party MLAs Bhagawan Sharma (Guddu Pandit) and his brother Mukesh Sharma alleged that Samajwadi Party MLA Pawan Pandey threatened and misbehaved with them while voting. Pandit alleged that some of the SP MLAs also tried to snatch his ballot paper and said that he would file a complaint with the election commission.

Both the SP MLAs had come to vote along with BJP MLA Sangeet Som. “SP MLA Pawan Pandey misbehaved with me and did not allow me to vote. I was able to vote only after the intervention of the officials. I would file a complain with the election commission,” said Pandit. Whereas, Som also alleged, “SP MLAs are creating hurdles before BJP MLAs while casting their votes”

Two BJP MLAs Krishana Paswan and Vimla Botham also alleged that SP MLAs created obstructions.

Not only this, SP MLA Hazi Zamerullah Khan and BJP MLA Raghunandan Singh Bhadauriya entered into a verbal spat after voting, making allegations and counter allegations at each other’s parties for indulging in cross-voting.

After voting ended, Amar Singh, who is also one of the candidates of Samajwadi Party, when asked about allegations between BJP and SP MLAs, said: “BJP Kare to raasleela, baki koi kare toh unka Character dheela“.

Replying to the allegations leveled by BJP, SP Minister Azam Khan said, “Unse bara gunda aur kaun hai (who is a bigger goon than them). They can show whatever they want from someone’s fridge into a report.”

Khan added that all those who wanted to vote for other parties should have resigned first.

Despite defectors, Congress leaders seemed confident. AICC General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry said that “all is well that ends well”.

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    BW
    Jun 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm
    RS must be dissolved and made redundant.
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    Indian_Strategist
    Jun 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm
    Congress does nt know that Sibal was one of the major factors for their defeat, every time, he opened his mouth, Party lost 10000 votes n his Zero Loss Theory did sink th party,,,Now if he comes again n open his mouth, sure shot defeat for the party in 2019.....
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    Ghoda Murshatpur
    Jun 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm
    Sibal in Rajyasabha will undoubtedly ensure that India becomes Congress mukt. Now what a battery of tested weapons Congress has emplo to work against themselves! Banish Bimari, Abhishex, Zero ka hero,.............
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    Dr. raj
    Jun 12, 2016 at 9:28 am
    one of the best crystal clear reporting on RS election. Salute to Reporter.lt;br/gt;I gone through many newspapers site but Indian express reporter clear the election in the great depth.
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    vijay
    Jun 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    BJP has Subramanian Swamy to counter balance.
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    Vittalanand
    Jun 11, 2016 at 2:35 pm
    In Tamilnadu, there is no Upper House. Therefore the ruling party is always at advantage to get what want it to legislate, without the need for referring to upper house.; This may followed at Parliament also, but with a slight modification, that upper house can only debate but can not over rule what the lower House decides.
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