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.
Former Goa CM Parrikar, who was inducted into the Union Cabinet this week, had filed his nomination papers on November 10, the same day he had taken oath of office in Delhi. Parrikar could not come to take his victory certificate, which was instead taken by BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai.
Those elected from ruling Samajwadi Party included senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, Tazeen Fatima, wife of SP minister Azam Khan; Neeraj Shekhar, son of former PM 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 Punia.