Voting begins in Rajya Sabha polls

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Voting is underway for 26 remaining seats of 59 across seven states today. These are Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, and Telangana.

A total of 33 candidates have already been elected with any opposition. Six candidates were elected after the BJP withdrew its fourth candidate. Shiv Sena, Congress, and NCP occupied one seat each.

Among political leaders, Arun Jaitley is set to be re-elected. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and film-star Rekha’s term will come to an end in April this year.

As per Election Commission, the voting will take place from 9 AM to 4 PM. The counting will begin after 5 PM.

In West Bengal, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is backing Congress nominee Abhishek Manu Singhvi to win while six candidates are in the fray for 5 Rajya Sabha seats from the state. In Jharkhand, three members are in the fray for two seats. Two are from the ruling party BJP and one is of Congress.

In Uttar Pradesh, the court denied two MLA’, one from SP and other from BSP from voting on Thursday. Following the move, BSP released a statement saying that it will challenge Lucknow High Court’s order allowing 2 jailed MLAs to vote in the Rajya Sabha polls.

To secure a win in this Rajya Sabha election, a candidate needs 37 first preference votes. BJP can easily win 8 of the 10 seats left.

BJP will look to gain one more seat from UP.

The country’s most populous state UP sends 31 MPs out 245-members to the upper house of  Parliament.

A senior BJP leader said,” There will be a contest on the ninth seat.”

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