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Rajya Sabha Elections Today, BJP Goes All Out To Better Numbers: 10 Facts

Polling underway for 57 Rajya Sabha seats in 15 states (File photo)

Voting has begun for 27 Rajya Sabha seats in seven states. In eight other states, 30 candidates have been elected unopposed to the Upper House of Parliament.

Polling underway for 57 Rajya Sabha seats in 15 states (File photo)

Here are the latest developments

  1. In an effort to increase its numbers in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority, the BJP has supported some independent candidates to try and ensure that the Congress is not able to win any extra seats. It has also fielded its own candidates in some states to grab seats from others.
  2. Six ministers are seeking to return to the Rajya Sabha in these elections. At the end of the elections for 57 seats, the BJP will increase its tally in the Upper House where it has had trouble with pushing legislation...
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Out of My Mind: What is the Rajya Sabha for?

The scramble is on for nominations to the Rajya Sabha; it presents a strange spectacle. The Rajya Sabha should ideally be the chamber where the federal nature of the Constitution gets its play. Its members should be delegates of the states which they purport to represent. Then the Lok Sabha can be truly a national chamber, its members conveying the messages of the citizens from across the country, leaving the Rajya Sabha to speak for the states.

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That at least was the intention of the Government of India Act, 1935, where the Council of States was proposed as the chamber where the princely states would send their delegates, while British India was to send elected members to the Lower House...

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Election Results 2016: BJP Takes Assam, Jayalalithaa, Mamata Thank People For Big Wins

 Sarbananda Sonowal will be the new chief minister of Assam with the BJP winning Assam, while West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have chosen to retain their powerful women chief ministers, Mamata Banerjee and J Jayalalithaa.

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In an emphatic mandate, the BJP is leading in 87 of Assam’s 126 assembly seats, with the Congress, which ruled for the last 15 years, trailing way behind at 23.

Against the Congress’ Tarun Gogoi, the BJP projected for chief minister Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who said when it became clear that his party had won, “We are committed to the people of Assam.”

Kerala too has delivered an unambiguous verdict...

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Tamil Nadu State Candidates have Criminal Cases

In Tamil Nadu, which will go to polls on May 16, there has been a spike in the number of election candidates with criminal records

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Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Tamil Nadu Election Watch.An analysis of the affidavits filed by 997 candidates from major recognised political parties by the ADR and Tamil Nadu Election Watch also shows that 157 of them have serious criminal cases related to murder, attempt to murder, theft, crime against women, pending against them.

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“Out of the 997 candidates analysed, 553 are crorepatis...

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