The bills pending in Rajya Sabha includes the contentious Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2014, known as the GST Bill.
If NDA fails to gain majority of votes, they would have to be dependent on regional parties to push for crucial legislations
Mahesh Poddar faced a stiff contest from the Opposition Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidate Basant Soren, the youngest son of party founder Shibu Soren.
All 17 Congress MLAs were against voting for Anand, who was backed by state rival INLD — but their objections had been overruled by their party high command.
BSP’s Satish Chandra Misra and Ashok Siddharth and BJP’s Shiv Pratap Shukla won too.
While Naidu and Mathur each got 42 votes, BJP’s other two candiates Harsh Vardhan, a member of erstwhile Dungarpur royal family, and Ramkumar Verma, a retired RBI official, secured 40 each.
Senior journalist M J Akbar and state BJP leader and strategist Dave polled 58 votes each, while Tankha secured 62 votes–57 from Congress, four from BSP and one independent, returning officer Bhagwandas Israni said.
BJP MLA Vijay Bahadur Yadav cross voted in favor of a Samajwadi Party candidate.
Voting for the two seats started at 9 am. The BJP has sufficient votes to ensure victory of Union Minister Birender Singh.
Stating that abstaining would have resulted in the BJP nominee’s victory, a senior leader said, “In fact, we have gained. He (R K Anand) has become a Congress candidate now.”
Rajya Sabha election live: Out of 57 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant, voting took place for only 27 seats.
Congress, BJP and INLD have scheduled meets Friday to finalise the strategy for for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election, to be held on June 11
The Congress has called a party legislators’ meet at Vidhan Bhawan to discuss its preparations for the voting.
The election process to the Rajya Sabha is highly predictable. In most states, parties know how many of their own nominees can be elected.
Four BJP candidates and one Independent candidate, supported by opposition Congress, National People’s Party (NPP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Independent MLAs, have filed nominations for the four seats.