Updated: June 20, 2020 4:34:06 am
Jharkhand BJP president Deepak Prakash and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Shibu Soren were elected to the Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand on Friday. Prakash got 30 votes while Soren, a former chief minister, received 31. The Congress, which is in alliance with JMM, put up its own candidate—Shahzada Anwar got 18 votes.
A total of 79 legislators cast their ballot during the elections that were held with in line with social distancing norms.
A postgraduate in political science, Prakash has earlier been the saffron party’s state secretary and state vice-president, besides holding other key posts.
Meanwhile, the BJP criticized the Congress for fielding a candidate of its own despite being in alliance. The BJP had put up its legislators in a hostel before the elections.
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha received 29 votes from its MLAs and two from other parties, while the BJP secured 26 votes from its MLAs, two from Sudesh Mahato’s All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) and two from Independents.
The 81-member Jharkhand Assembly’s current strength is 79. Chief Minister Hemant Soren had resigned from Dumka, keeping the Barhait seat. The Bermo seat has fallen vacant due to the death of Congress legislator Rajendra Prasad Singh.
Polling for the two Rajya Sabha seats was scheduled for March 26 but deferred due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
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