The Bahujan Samaj Party has emerged as the third largest party in the Rajya Sabha,relegating the CPM to fourth position in what can be termed as bad news for the Marxists ahead of the Assembly polls in West Bengal and Kerala.
While the strength of the CPM has come down from 16 to 15,BSPs numbers has risen from 13 to 18 in the 245-member Upper House after the last months biennial elections to 55 seats.
While the BSPs graph is rising in the Rajya Sabha,the Samajwadi Party has suffered the sharpest erosion in its strength down from 11 to five seats.
Besides the Congress and the BJP,the parties which improved their tallies include DMK (seven from four seats),BJD (six from four seats) and Telugu Desam Party (four from two seats). The parties whose strength has come down include Jayalalithas AIADMK,which has five members now against the earlier seven.
Despite the fact that it won most of the 55 seats in the biennial elections,the UPA still has no majority in the Rajya Sabha. The numbers are more or less the same for the ruling alliance the Congress tally is now 70 including the two nominated members. Its strength would go to 71 soon when a vacancy from Haryana is filled.
While the strength of the Sharad Pawar-led NCP has risen to seven from six,seats belonging to the Trinamool Congress another major ally of the UPA remains at two. The National Conferences tally also remains at two.
The BJPs strength has gone up from 47 to 49. The party scored impressive victories in Karnataka and Rajasthan,but lost a seat in Jharkhand. As regards other NDA allies,there has been no change in numbers for JD(U),Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akaki Dal which continue to be at seven,four and three.
According to experts,with numbers not much on its side,the UPA may have to sing the mantra of consensus on several key issues and legislations including its pet reforms programmes.