Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with P L Punia of Congress, six Samajwadi Party and two BSP leaders were elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha for 10 Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Victory certificates were also given to the newly elected Rajya Sabha members.
The results were announced by Principal Secretary, Vidhan Sabha Pradeep Dubey, who was also returning officer for the Rajya Sabha polls.
Parrikar, former CM of Goa and newly-made Defence Minister had filed his nomination papers for Rajya Sabha on November 10, the same day he had taken oath of office as Union Minister in Delhi. Parrikar could not come to take his victory certificate, which was instead taken by BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai.
Apart from Parrikar, those elected unopposed from ruling Samajwadi Party include senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, who was elected for the second consecutive term to Rajya Sabha; Tazeen Fatima, wife of Cabinet Minister Azam Khan; Neeraj Shekhar, son of former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, Ravi Prakash Verma, Chandrapal Singh Yadav and Javed Ali Khan.
BSP leaders Rajaram and Veer Singh were also elected unopposed along with Congress leader and Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Caste, P L Punia. Punia had filed his nomination papers with support from Samajwadi Party as Congress did not have enough MLAs to elect any member to Rajya Sabha on their own.
Tazeen Fatima told reporters that she accepted the offer as she has all the respect for SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. Congress leader PL Punia said that he would work to strengthen the party in the state.
Term of 10 Rajya Sabha Members from Uttar Pradesh was to end on November 25. Out of these 10 earlier, six were from BSP, two from SP and one each from BJP and Congress.