Elated chief minister Ashok Gehlot
JAIPUR: Regardless of the week-long hotel play and also allegations of poaching, the Rajya Sabha elections at Rajasthan sprang no surprises on Friday, together with all the Congress winning two seats and the BJP one.
Congress applicants K C Venugopal and Neeraj Dangi, and BJP’s Rajendra Gehlot were announced winners by returning officer and meeting secretary P K Mathur following the votes have been counted.
Congress candidate and AICC general secretary K C Venugopal was elected to the Upper House with 64 votes, although another offender, Neeraj Dangi, obtained 59 votes in his favour.
The entire amount of votes polled in favour of the Congress party was 123, which comprised 106 from its 107 (excluding minister Bhanwar Lal Meghwal who’s sick and didn’t vote), 13 independents, two MLAs of Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) and among Bharatiya Lok Dal (BLD). The CPM, which had just two MLAs from the meeting, extended assistance to the celebration. But just one of its MLAs could vote because another CPM MLA, Girdhari Lal, is ill and didn’t vote.
The BJPs winning candidate Rajendra Gehlot obtained 54 votes whereas the next candidate Onkar Singh Lekhawat could garner just 20 votes. 1 vote has been declared invalid.
The BJP had the aid of 75 MLAs, containing three of Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP).
The run-up into the surveys has been marred by allegations of horse trading from the BJP after it forced an election by placing up another candidate. As a pre-emptive step, the Congress had changed its MLAs and people of encouraging parties into a hotel from June 10 until the election Friday.
The election was motivated following the 3 chairs had been vacated by three BJP MPs –Narayan Lal Panchariya, Ram Narain Dudi and Vijay Goel — if their terms ended on April 9, 2020.
The elections were originally scheduled for March 26, but had been postponed as a result of the nationally lockdown declared to impede down the spread of coronavirus. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot and deputy chief minister and PCC president Sachin Pilot congratulated the party candidates in their success.