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Rajya Sabha elections 2020 LIVE updates: BJP bags three seats, Congress one in Gujarat; clean sweep for YSRCP in AP

Rajya Sabha Elections Result 2020 Live News Updates: The contest is for four seats each in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, three each in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, two in Jharkhand, and one each in Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2020 12:41:58 am
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Rajya Sabha Elections 2020 Live Updates: The ruling YSR Congress bagged all the four Rajya Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh and seasoned campaigners like Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Shibu Soren had an easy sailing. In Gujarat, the BJP bagged three seats, and Congress one.

The BJP has two seats in Madhya Pradesh, one in Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Manipur each while the Congress bagged two seats in Rajasthan and one in Madhya Pradesh.

The ruling Congress in Rajasthan won two out of the three seats which went to polls. While K C Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi were declared elected, BJP’s Rajendra Gehlot won comfortably while its second candidate Onkar Singh Lakhawat was defeated. With this, the number of Congress’s Rajya Sabha MPs from Rajasthan has increased to 3, out of total 10, and rest 7 seats are held by the BJP.

Counting of votes for four seats in Gujarat began after a delay of four-hours as the Congress demanded that the Election Commission invalidate two BJP votes on different grounds.

Voting was held for 19 seats spread across eight states amid all precautionary measures in view of the COVID-19 pandemic which led to two legislators in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan who were in quarantine turning up in PPE gear. The polls were originally scheduled to be held on March 26.

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00:41 (IST)20 Jun 2020
Gujarat: Two BTP MLAs abstain from voting in RS polls

Two MLAs of Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) — Chhotu Vasava from Jhagadia constituency in Bharuch and his son Mahesh from Dediapada constituency in Narmada -- abstained from voting in the Rajya Sabha polls on Friday, thus paving the way for BJP's victory on three of the four seats as well as Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil's win on one.

Chhotu, who has been backing the tribal protests in Kevadia against the land acquisition made by the government owned company Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. (SSNNL), said that the party was left with no choice but to abstain from the crucial vote.

23:00 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Gujarat: BJP bags three seats, Congress one in Rajya Sabha

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Narhari Amin, Ajay Bhardwaj, Ramilaben Bara and Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil have been elected as Rajya Sabha members from Gujarat.

22:55 (IST)19 Jun 2020
BJP wins Manipur’s lone Rajaya Sabha seat amid political crisis

The Bharatiya Janata Party has won the lone Rajya Sabha seat of Manipur with the party candidate, Leishemba Sanajaoba, Titular King of Manipur, securing 28 votes of the 52 vote cast. The victory is a huge booster for N. Biren Singh led BJP Government in Manipur, which is under political crisis following the defection of three of its MLAs and 6 allies to Congress. “We are very thankful to all the members who had voted for BJP. Today, the people of the entire nation particularly Manipur have seen who has got the majority”, said N. Biren Singh.

22:05 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Congress says party's win birthday gift for Rahul Gandhi

AICC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the party's win was a birthday gift for Rahul Gandhi.

21:21 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Rajya Sabha seats | Counting begins in Gujarat

After four-hours of delay, the Election commision granted permission for the counting of votes to Gujarat Rajya Sabha seats. The EC rejected Congress objections.

21:10 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Manipur RS seat won by BJP

BJP wins Manipur's lone Rajya Sabha seat with 28 votes of 52 cast.BJP candidate Leisemba Sanajaoba defeated Congress candidate T Mangibabu.

20:37 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) candidate wins state's lone RS seat

Meghalaya's lone Rajya Sabha seat was bagged by Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) candidate Dr WR Kharlukhi defeating Congress candidate Kennedy Khyriem.

20:32 (IST)19 Jun 2020
BJP, JMM bags 1 seat each in Jharkhand

JMM supremo Shibu Soren and BJP state unit president Deepak Prakash on Friday won the two Rajya Sabha seats in Jharkhand, an Election Commission official said. Prakash secured 31 votes, while Soren, a former chief minister, won 30. Congress candidate Shahzada Anwar finished third by bagging 18 votes, the official said. This will be Soren's third term as a Rajya Sabha member. Soren, whose Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) now governs Jharkhand, had also served as a Union minister. It will be Prakash's maiden term in the Upper House of Parliament. Polling in the two seats was held during the day as the tenure of Independent member Parimal Nathwani and RJD's Prem Chand Gupta ended in April.

19:18 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Madhya Pradesh: Two Rajya Sabha seats for BJP, one for Congress

In Madhya Pradesh, BJP's Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh Solanki and Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh have been elected to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh. 

19:11 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Rajasthan CM congratulates KC Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi for winning Rajya Sabha seats

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot took to twitter to congratulate Congress leaders KC Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi for winning Rajya Sabha seats.

18:50 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Rajya Sabha elections: All four seats to YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh

YSRCP wins all four Rajya Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh. According to Legislature sources, Deputy Chief Minister Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, Minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, industrialist Parimal Nathwani and realtor Ayodhya Rami Reddy of the YSRC were elected with 38 votes each. The opposition Telugu Desam Party, which had forced the contest despite not having the numbers, lost badly, with its nominee Varla Ramaiah polling only 17 votes against its technical strength of 23 in the assembly.  

18:45 (IST)19 Jun 2020
BJP raises objection over Cong MLA casting vote in RS polls, says he 'violated' quarantine norms

The BJP on Friday raised objection over Congress MLA Wajib Ali, who has recently returned from abroad, casting his vote in the Rajya Sabha polls, alleging that he violated the quarantine norms. The Nagar MLA wore a PPE suit before casting vote in the assembly building. Ali is among six legislators who won the 2018 assembly elections on BSP ticket and later defected to the Congress."He has returned from abroad and supposed to be under quarantine but he violated this and reached the assembly," BJP MLA Ramlal Sharma told reporters.

18:40 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Counting in Gujarat yet to start

Meanwhile, counting of votes for four Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat was delayed on Friday as the Congress demanded that the Election Commission invalidate two BJP votes on different grounds. Lader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani said the Congress has sought cancellation of votes cast by BJP MLA Kesrisinh Solanki and minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama. "As long as our grievances about voting are not dealt with, counting will not start. We submitted our objections to the EC representative here after voting ended," said Dhanani.

Counting for RajyaSabha polls yet to begin in #Gujarat. The process to begin after ECI examines RO's report which will also contain objections raises by Congress about two votes cast today. @IndianExpress— Avinash Nair (@Avinashgnair) June 19, 2020

18:38 (IST)19 Jun 2020
BJP wins 2 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 1 in Rajasthan

Results for Rajya Sabha seats are coming in:

*In Madhya Pradesh, BJP won 2 seats while Congress has won 1 seat.

*In Rajasthan, Congress bagged 2 seats while BJP has 1

17:44 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Congress MLA votes wearing PPE kit

Congress MLA Wajib Ali voted for Rajya Sabha elections wearing a PPE kit as he arrived from Australia on Thursday.

17:23 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Barring 2 TDP MLAs, others cast votes in RS polls in AP

Barring two of the opposition TDP, all other 173 MLAs of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly cast their votes on Friday to elect four members from the state to the Rajya Sabha in the biennial election. Telugu Desam Legislature Party deputy leader K Atchannaidu could not cast his vote as he's undergoing treatment in hospital under judicial remand following his arrest last week in the ESI scam, Legislature sources said. Another TDP member Anagani Satya Prasad did not come citing "home quarantine" while three of its rebel MLAs exercised their franchise towards the flag end of the polling process, which ended at 4 pm. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was the first to vote when polling began at 9 am. From the TDP side, actor-legislator Nandamuri Balakrishna voted first. For the four vacant seats, the ruling YSR Congress fielded as many candidates as it could comfortably win, given its strength of 152 in the 175175-member House. The TDP, however, forced the election by fielding its candidate, though it is left with only 20 MLAs.

17:12 (IST)19 Jun 2020
All three BJP candidates will win says Gujarat Deputy CM

Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel on Friday expressed confidence in all three BJP candidates in Gujarat.

17:06 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Pilot confident of Congress' victory in RS polls in Rajasthan

The ruling Congress in Rajasthan on Friday expressed confidence that the party will win the Rajya Sabha polls. Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot claimed that efforts were made to "create confusion" and spread rumour, but the candidates nominated by the AICC are going to win. "Both of our party candidates are going to win and I want to wish them in advance for their victory," he said. The polling for three Rajya Sabha seats in the state started at 9 am and got over at 4 pm. The counting of votes will begin at 5 pm. The Congress has nominated K C Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi for the polls, while the BJP has fielded Rajendra Gehlot and Onkar Singh Lakhawat.

Five MLAs who backed Kamal Nath govt attend BJP dinner meet Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with Union Ministers Prakash Javdekar, Narendra Singh Tomar, BSP MLA Ram Bai, Independent MLA Surendra Singh Shera during a meeting, ahead of Rajya Sabha election, at BJP state headquarters in Bhopal, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI17-06-2020_000270B)

In the past few months, several MLAs have switched sides, giving an interesting turn to the election.

In Gujarat, as per the current strength, both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress do not have absolute numbers in the assembly to secure victory for all its candidates. The BJP has fielded three candidates — Abhay Bharadwaj, Ramilaben Bara and Narhari Amin, while the Congress has nominated two — Shaktisinh Gohil and Bharatsinh Solanki.

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The elections were necessitated after the term of four MPs ended in April this year; three of them were from BJP — Chunibhai Gohel, Shambhuprasad Tundiya, and Lalsinh Vadodia — and one was veteran Congress leader, Madhusudan Mistry.

The election in Manipur is also likely to be interesting following the resignation of nine members of the ruling coalition and the opposition Congress pressing for a no-confidence motion against the N Biren Singh government. The BJP has fielded Leisemba Sanajaoba, the titular king of Manipur, while the Congress nominee is T Mangi Babu. On Wednesday,  three MLAs of the BJP resigned and joined the Congress, and four MLAs of the National People’s Party (NPP), an AITC MLA and an independent MLA withdrew support to the BJP-led coalition government.

In Karnataka, where elections were to be held for four seats, all the candidates -- former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, BJP candidates Iranna Kadadi and Ashok Gasti -- have been declared elected unopposed. BJP nominee Nabam Rebia was also elected unopposed to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Arunachal Pradesh.

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In Madhya Pradesh, both the BJP and the Congress have fielded two candidates each for the three seats. While the BJP's candidates are former Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh Solanki, the Congress has named Digvijaya Singh and Dalit leader Phool Singh Baraiya. In the 230-member assembly, the BJP currently has 107 MLAs and also enjoys the support of two legislators of the Bahujan Samaj Party, one of the Samajwadi Party and two Independents, while the opposition Congress has 92 MLAs. Currently, the effective strength of the House is 206, as 24 seats are lying vacant. While the BJP is expected to win two seats and the Congress one seat, the fight will be for the fourth slot.

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In Rajasthan, both the ruling Congress and opposition BJP have lodged their legislators in different hotels after accusing each other of poaching MLAs. For the three seats up for grabs, four candidates (two from Congress and as many from BJP) have filed nomination papers. The Congress has nominated K C Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi, while the BJP has fielded Rajendra Gehlot and Onkar Singh Lakhawat.

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