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. It will still not be the single largest party, but will narrow the gap with the Congress.
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Acknowledging the India Today sting for its “documentary evidence” while rejecting a similar expose done by another TV channel, the poll panel said it will file an FIR (First Information Report) into allegations that Rajya Sabha seats were on sale.

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The Election Commission of India has asked for a CBI probe into allegations of lawmakers in Karnataka asking for money in lieu of votes for the Rajya Sabha election, an expose done by India Today TV earlier this month. WATCH: Operation Rajya Sabha Bazaar – Parliament’s worst kept secret revealed

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Why 2016 Rajya Sabha elections will be dirty

Elections to Rajya Sabha have generally been controversial but this year it seems to be getting messier than ever. The ruling BJP is leaving no stone unturned to increase its numbers in the Upper House where it is in a minority. At the same time, the Opposition, led by the Congress, is using its might to stop the BJP from gaining strength.

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The biennial elections to be held on June 11 for 57 seats have all the ingredients of becoming controversial – India Today TV’s sting showing crores being offered and demanded for just one vote, polling necessitated by the number of candidates exceeding the number of seats in Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, and a degree of cross-voting.

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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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