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Bishnoi sinks Maken, BJP bags both seats

According to details shared by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, while one Congress vote was rejected, Kuldeep Bishnoi (Congress MLA from Adampur) “voted as per his inner conscience” and “did not vote for Congress nominee Ajay Maken”.

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The dramatic twists and turns in the Rajya Sabha polling for two seats in Haryana ended in the early hours of Saturday, with the Election Commission (EC) declaring BJP’s nominee Krishan Panwar and BJP-JJP backed Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma victorious. Congress’s Ajay Maken lost to Sharma.

According to details shared by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, while one Congress vote was rejected, Kuldeep Bishnoi (Congress MLA from Adampur) “voted as per his inner conscience” and “did not vote for Congress nominee Ajay Maken”.

“All the Congress MLAs cast their votes by showing it to their election agent. I am sure Kuldeep Bishnoi also must have done that. Yet, it is welcome that he supported our candidate and voted listening to his inner conscience. He has shown faith in the principles and policies of the BJP. He did not even think what his party is going to do with him after this, but he cast his vote after listening to his heart and mind. We welcome him,” Khattar said on Bishnoi.

Regarding the Congress’ rejected vote, Khattar said, “It is for the Congress to tell us all. I am not yet aware whose vote was rejected.”

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Replying to the media’s queries on the strategy the Congress followed by keepings its MLAs at a five-star resort in Raipur from June 2 till June 9, ahead of the polls, Khattar said,

Bishnoi sinks Maken, BJP bags both seats

“This shows the kind of training that they gave to their MLAs for over seven days and yet failed. We, too, gave training to our MLAs for one day and we passed. It is our one day versus their seven days.”

Explaining the mathematics of counting, Khattar said, “Out of the total 90 MLAs, one Independent MLA abstained, while one Congress vote was rejected. That left 88 votes. According to the rule, any two who could make it above the mark of one-third of 88 would have won. Congress got 29, while Kartikeya Sharma got 29.65 votes. He got 23 and Krishan Panwar’s 6.65 votes were transferred to Kartikeya Sharma making him victorious.”

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At around 1.30 am, when the Chief Election Commission gave permission for counting of votes, the Congress began celebrating. However, when the party was told its candidate Ajay Maken had lost, it demanded a recount.

“Although, the Congress did not demand a recounting in writing, but yet officials of the EC were gracious enough to accept their demand. As such, counting 88 votes would not have taken much time. The recounting was done and Kartikeya Sharma won while Ajay Maken lost,” Khattar added.

The Congress had been fearing cross-voting and horse-trading since the beginning. That was the reason it had asked all its MLAs to be together and took them to a private resort in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Kuldeep Bishnoi, however, did not go.

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Ever since the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee was revamped and Kuldeep Bishnoi was not considered for the post of president, he has been sulking. He also sought time to meet Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, but was denied.

Despite several senior leaders of the party trying to pacify and placate Kuldeep Bishnoi, he stayed away from all the Congress events including the party’s Chintan Shivir. He had announced that he and his supporters would not participate in any Congress event till Rahul met him.

First published on: 11-06-2022 at 06:27:51 am
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