BJP builds labyrinth against Congress for RS polls

By IndianMandarins- 19 Jun 2020


The BJP has built a labyrinth against the Congress in the ongoing Rajya Sabha elections on 20 vacant seats. However, the same is being faced by the BJP in Manipur. Political parties have been herding their lawmakers to hotels and resorts in some states.

There are four seats each in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh; three each in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan; two from Jharkhand; and one each from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, and Meghalaya.

The BJP has made things a little difficult for its second candidates in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and up to a certain extent in Rajasthan where the Congress is fearing cross-voting. Eight Congress legislators had resigned from the Gujarat Assembly since the Rajya Sabha polls were first announced in February reducing the party’s strength to 65 from 79 in 2017.

The Congress needs the support of five more legislators to help both its candidates Shaktisinh Gohil and Bharatsinh Solanki to win. However, the BJP with 103 members needs two extra votes to ensure the victory of the three candidates -- Abhay Bhardwaj, Ramilaben Bara, and Narhari Amin.

The BJP is set to win two seats in Madhya Pradesh as the BSP, SP, which have 2 and 1 lawmakers, respectively, as well as two of the four independent legislators, pledged support to the party. The BJP has fielded former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sumer Singh Solanki while Congress Digvijaya Singh and Phool Singh Baraiya. 

The effective strength of MP Assembly is 206 and the BJP with 107 and Congress with 92 members can win a seat each easily as 52 first preference votes are needed for a win. For the third seat, the BJP has an advantage as it has more first preference votes and the support of four of the seven legislators from smaller parties and independents. 

KC Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi od Congress are expected to win from Rajasthan as the party enjoys the support of a total 125 legislators, including independents and those from smaller parties. The BJP has 72 legislators and can easily win one seat as 51 votes are required for that. The BJP has fielded Rajendra Gehlot and Onkar Singh Lakhawat. Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot is accused the BJP of trying to poach Congress lawmakers.

In Jharkhand, JMM chief Shibu Soren is set to win his seat. Jharkhand BJP president Deepak Prakash is pitted against Congress’s Shahzada Anwar for the second seat from the state. The BJP with 26 MLAs has the support of Babulal Marandi’s MLA and AJSU. So the chances of Congress is negated in Jharkhand.

The ruling YSR Congress Party is poised to win all four seats given its strength--151 in the 175-member House-- in the Andhra Pradesh assembly. The BJP-led coalition government in Manipur was dealt a blow on Wednesday after three of its legislators resigned and a key alliance partner withdrew its support two days before the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

Before the crisis, the BJP-led government had 39 lawmakers in the 60-member House. The Opposition had 21. To win the Rajya Sabha seat, a candidate requires 26 votes.                

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