The voting to elect Rajya Sabha members from 16 states will begin on Friday, 23 March.

RS Elections: BJP Wins 12 of 26 Seats up for Grabs From 7 States

The BJP won big in the Rajya Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh with 9 seats in a huge setback for the BSP. The elections were held in six states on Friday, 23 March.

Meanwhile, in Karnataka, the Congress bagged three seats and the BJP won one. Telangana's ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi bagged all three seats in the state.

In West Bengal, four seats were won by TMC, and one by Congress. The BJP claimed the seat in Chhattisgarh and MP Veerendra Kumar, the state president of the Janata Dal (U) Sharad Yadav faction, retained his seat in Kerala.

In Jharkhand, the Congress and BJP won a seat each.

  • The states which went to polls today are Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana
  • Earlier on 15 March, 33 candidates from 10 states were declared elected unopposed

BJP National President Amit Shah Congratulates Victors from Party

Congress Won One Seat in Jharkhand, and BJP Won Another

RS Elections: BJP Wins 12 of 26 Seats up for Grabs From 7 States

In Jharkhand, one seat went to Congress and one to BJP. The BJP's Sameer Uranv and Congress' Dheeraj Sahu won the two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand, declared the Returning Officer.

Speaking to ANI, Sahu said that the elections were different this time around, as the party had deal with fake allegations and mud-slinging.

I want to thank all the people who prayed for my victory. This election was different from earlier elections. Everyday it was something or the other, and fake allegations were made against us, but in the end we won.

BJP Win 9 Seats in UP, 1 Seat Goes to SP's Jaya Bachchan

RS Elections: BJP Wins 12 of 26 Seats up for Grabs From 7 States

Nine out of ten Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh were won by the BJP while one seat was bagged by SP candidate Jaya Bachchan.

Addressing a press conference after the party’s victory, UP CM Yogi Adityanath congratulated the victors, calling it a ‘massive win’ for the state.

The BSP, meanwhile, has alleged sabotage by the BJP, accusing them of using “money power and state powers” in the voting process.

Congress Wins 3 RS Seats, BJP One in Karnataka

RS Elections: BJP Wins 12 of 26 Seats up for Grabs From 7 States

While the ruling Congress in Karnataka bagged three Rajya Sabha seats, the BJP could only win one in the biennial election.

Congress' Dr L Hanumanthaiah, Dr Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar and the BJP's Rajeev Chandrashekar were declared elected by the returning officer.

It’s an important responsibility. We’ll take up debates and discussions very seriously. We’ll live up to expectation of national and state leadership. We’ll also live up to the expectations of people of state.
Naseer Hussain

Telangana's Ruling TRS Wins All Three Seats

RS Elections: BJP Wins 12 of 26 Seats up for Grabs From 7 States

TRS candidates B Prakash, B Lingaiah Yadav and J Santosh Kumar elected to Rajya Sabha from Telangana.

ECI Rejects Complaint Against Jharkhand Vikas Morcha MLA Prakash Ram

Election Commission has rejected the complaint against Jharkhand Vikas Morcha MLA Prakash Ram after reviewing the CCTV video. It was alleged that he did not show his ballot paper to the party's authorised representative after casting vote.

4 Seats in West Bengal to TMC, One to Congress

Four out of five Rajya Sabha seats in West Bengal were won by the Trinamool Congress while one went to the Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

It is humbling and uplifting, it is a result of cooperation between different groups and MLAs.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi
RS Elections: BJP Wins 12 of 26 Seats up for Grabs From 7 States

Veerendra Kumar Elected to Rajya Sabha From Kerala

MP Veerendra Kumar, the state president of the Janata Dal (U) Sharad Yadav faction, was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Kerala.

Kumar, who was supported by the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF, polled 89 votes, while B Babu Prasad, the opposition UDF candidate, got 40 votes in the election held to one seat from the state, official sources said.

The election was held after the seat fell vacant when Kumar resigned from the Upper House of Parliament as a mark of protest against JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar joining hands with BJP-led NDA.

TMC Wins One of the Five Seats in West Bengal

Trinamool Congress’ Abir Ranjan Biswas won one of the five Rajya Sabha seats in West Bengal.

I am at the seventh heaven of delight. This is the brainchild of CM Mamata didi. I am very hopeful that I will live up to her expectations.
Abir Ranjan Biswas

BJP Wins in Chattisgarh, Defeats Congress

BJP's Saroj Pandey wins Rajya Sabha seat from Chhattisgarh by beating the Congress' Lekhram Sahu.

RS Elections: BJP Wins 12 of 26 Seats up for Grabs From 7 States

BJP congratulated Pandey on Twitter on her win.

Counting of Votes Begins Except in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka

Counting of votes for the 26 Rajya Sabha seats in six states begins amid reports of cross-voting.

Election Commission held back permission to begin the counting of votes for Rajya Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh over objections in ballot papers and in Karnataka over complaints of discrepancy.

Counting of votes has not started as yet because Janata Dal had complained to EC about some discrepancy. Janata Dal has boycotted the voting now, so that will also enhance our chances of victory.
G Parameshwara, Congress
(Photo: ANI)

Congress Alleges Jharkhand Vikas Morcha MLA Didn't Show Ballot Paper Intentionally

All India Congress Committee gives memorandum to Election Commision requesting it to issue directions to the concerned Returning Officer to cancel vote cast by Jharkhand Vikas Morcha MLA Prakash Ram. The AICC alleged that Prakash Ram intentionally didn't show ballot paper and concealed marked column.

In response, Election Commission of India said, “ECI has received a complaint from Jharkhand Vikas Morcha for cancellation of vote of Prakash Ram, who cross- voted. Further view will be taken by the Commission after receiving Returning Officer's report.”

JD(S) Wants Karnataka Voting Cancelled

The Janata Dal (Secular) cried foul demanding cancellation of Rajya Sabha Elections in Karnataka, News18 reported.

The JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy alleged that the returning officer favoured the ruling Congress and that two MLAs from the Congress cross-voted for the BJP, News18 added.

BJP's Rajeev Chandrashekhar Will Get 50 Votes: Yeddyurappa

Bharatiya Janata Party's Karnataka president BS Yeddyurappa is confident on their candidate Rajeev Chandrashekhar winning the seat in the Rajya Sabha election.

"BJP candidate Rajeev Chandrasekhar will get at least 50 votes. He will win with a majority. I congratulate all MLAs voting for him", News18 quoted Yeddyurappa as saying.

MLAs Vote in Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Telangana

Three Rajya Sabha seats are up for grabs in Telangana, four in Karnataka and one in Chhattisgarh.

Polling Underway in West Bengal

With more than enough votes to win four Rajya Sabha seats, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offered to lend her surplus votes to Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi. With the Trinamool’s votes adding to Congress party’s tally, Singhvi is likely to cross the required threshold to win the seat.

Voting Begins

The voting for 26 Rajya Sabha seats in six states begins.



 (Photo: Reuters)

Voting to Start at 9 am

Voting in the six states – Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana – will be held between 9 am and 4 pm on Friday. The polls are to fill 26 of 59 Rajya Sabha seats which are vacant; 33 candidates were elected unopposed earlier.

The counting of votes is to be done in the evening.

Vacancies Across 17 States to be Filled

The term of the office of 58 members of the Rajya Sabha from 16 states is due to expire on their retirement in April-May 2018. Apart from these vacancies, an additional vacancy in Kerala needs to be filled.

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The press note from the Election Commission on the Rajya Sabha elections.