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Rajya Sabha Election LIVE: Congress Wins 3, BJP 1 In Karnataka; BJP Claims Sole Himachal Seat; BJP Secures 8 Of 10 In UP

Rajya Sabha Election LIVE: Voting took place for 15 Rajya Sabha seats across Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and Himachal Pradesh today. Congress won 3 seats, while BJP bagged 1 seat in Karnataka. In Himachal Pradesh, BJP won the sole seat. BJP secured 8 of 10 in UP, SP won 2.

Samajwadi Party MLAs showing victory sign after casting their vote in Lucknow. PTI

Rajya Sabha Polls In Three States Today: Key Points

The Rajya Sabha Biennial elections in three states- Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka- are all set to take place today. Out of the total 56 Rajya Sabha seats going for polls today, candidates of 41 seats have already secured their seats unopposed in the Upper House due to lack of opposition, which left 15 seats obtainable across the three states mentioned above.

The 15 remaining seats include 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, four in Karnataka and one seat in Himachal Pradesh.

Voting is scheduled to take place in the Upper House between 9 am and 4pm while counting of votes will begin at 5 pm.

The term of office for 50 Rajya Sabha members from 13 states is set to conclude on April 2, while the remaining six members from two states are due to retire on April 3.

Fear Of Cross-Voting Prevails

The Rajya Sabha polls is taking place amid a cross-voting buzz with parties keeping a keen watch on its MLAs.

In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has fielded eight candidates while the Opposition Samajadi Party has fielded three candidates. However, in a bid to get deleted to Rajya Sabha, a candidate needs nearly 37 first preference votes in Uttar Pradesh

In Karnataka, five candidates including Ajay Maken, Syed Naseer Hussain and G C Chandrasekhar (all Congress), Narayansa Bandage (BJP) and Kupendra Reddy (JD(S)), are in the fray. Amid apprehensions of cross-voting, it has been reported that all the political parties have issued whips to the MLAs, who are the voters in Tuesday's poll.

Besides Karnataka, in Himachal Pradesh as well Congress has issued a whip to all its MLAs to vote for party candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, BJP termed it as an act to put pressure on the MLAs.

The Congress has a clear majority in Himachal Pradesh Rajya Sabha polls with 40 out of 68 MLAs and the support of three independent MLAs.

41 MPs Elected Unopposed To Rajya Sabha

41 members out of the 56 Rajya Sabha seats have already virtually secured their seats in the Upper House due to lack of opposition. However, the results are expected to be formally announced today.

BJP President JP Nadda, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradesh, Union IT Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw and former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi were the among the 41 candidates who won seats unopposed in the latest round.

From Madhya Pradesh, MoS Information and Broadcasting L Murugan was elected unopposed while from Rajasthan, former Congress President Sonia Gandhi was elected unopposed and so were BJP's Chunnilal Garasiya and Madan Rathore.

The list of the 41 MPs elected unopposed also includes Gujarat diamond merchant Govindbhai Dholakia, Jasvantsinh Parmar, OBC Morcha chief Mayank Nayak, TMC's Mamata Thakur, Sagarika Ghose, Sushmita Devi amongst others.

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Himachal: Minister Says 'This is BJP's frustration..' As BJP Complains About Congress' Whip

Commenting on the matter of the BJP's Rajya Sabha candidate complaining to EC regarding the whip issued by Congress, Himachal Pradesh minister Harsh Wardhan Chauhan said, " We have nothing to do with what Jairam Thakur says. This is BJP's frustration because the number of MLAs is not in favour of the BJP. 40 MLAs are with Congress and 3 are independent. BJP only has 25 MLAs. ...even without numbers, BJP is fielding their candidate, which means they're planning horse trading..."

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Leaders Who Want Personal Gains Can Go To BJP: SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav

Right ahead of today's Rajya Sabha biennial elections, Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav said, "We hope all three candidates of Samajwadi Party will win...BJP can use all the tactics to win elections. BJP will do everything possible for victory. Some of our leaders who want personal gains can go to the BJP."

Visual From Polling Station In Bengaluru

A polling station in Bengaluru is all set for the day ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka today.

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Polling Underway For 15 Rajya Sabha Seats

Polling in underway for 15 Rajya Sabha seats across Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka amid speculations on cross-voting. Voting started at 9 am and will continue till 4 pm. Vote counting is expected to begin at 5 pm.

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Samajwadi Party Supremo Akhilesh Yadav Casts Vote

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was seen leaving the polling station in Lucknow after casting his vote for the Rajya Sabha elections. In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has fielded eight candidates while the Opposition Samajwadi Party fielded three candidates.

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Samajwadi Party Is Winning: SP Leader Shivpal Singh Yadav

Exuding confidence, SP leader Shivpal Singh Yadav on Tuesday said, "Samajwadi Party is winning. If it (cross voting) happens, then we will also look into it."

Yadav's comments reportedly came in response to a media query on cross-voting for Rajya Sabha elections.

Samajwadi Party Whip Manoj Kumar Pandey Resigns

Amid the ongoing Rajya Sabha biennial election taking place across three states today, Samajwadi Party MLA and leader Manoj Kumar Pandey resigned from the post of Samajwadi Party Chief Whip.

'...Showing Faith In PM Modi's Leadership': UP Minister On Manoj Pandey Stepping Down As SP Chief Whip

On SP chief whip Manoj Kumar Pandey's resignation, UP Minister Dayashankar Singh said he has always been a supporter of 'Sanatana Dharma' and has always given statements regarding the same, adding that he is showing faith in PM Modi's leadership.

"Manoj Pandey has always been a supporter of Sanatana Dharma. He has always been giving statements regarding the same. He wanted everyone to visit Ayodhya and have a darshan. This is the reason he is showing faith in PM Modi's leadership and is taking such a decision...," he said.

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There Will Be No Cross-Voting: K'taka Minister Ramalinga Reddy

Rubbishing the speculations over cross-voting during Rajya Sabha elections, Congress leader and Karnataka minister Ramalinga Reddy on Tuesday said, "All our three candidates will by clear majority. There will be no cross-voting. 3 Congress and 1 BJP candidate will be there. We have a clear majority. I don't know what Janardhana Reddy will do, he might support Congress."

Himachal CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu Casts Vote

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu casted his vote for the Rajya Sabha elections in Shimla.

Currently, polling is underway for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Himachal Pradesh. Acording to PTI, the polling was brisk and 64 out of the 68 members had cast their votes by 11 am.

'How Will They Win Without Numbers?', Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah Slams BJP

Commenting on the probable results of the Rajya Sabha polls, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said today, "They (BJP) have also fielded candidate to win the elections, but for the 5th candidate they required 45 votes, do they have 45 votes? How will they win without numbers? Though they know that they don't have numbers they fielded Kupendra Reddy and they tried to poach our MLAs, that's why an FIR has been lodged against him. I'm sure all our 3 candidates are going to win."

The Congress, which is confident of winning three seats has fielded G C Chandrashekhar, Naseer Hussain and former union minister Ajay Maken. According to PTI, Congress sources claimed that the party has the support of four others.

The BJP has fielded Narayansa Bhandage as also JD(S) candidate D Kupendra Reddy as the NDA candidate which has made the election interesting.

BJP Is An Expert In Destroying Maths: Samajwadi Party Leader Shahid Manzoor

On the Rajya Sabha biennial election for the remaining 15 seats, Samajwadi party leader Shahid Manzoor says, "This is the vote of counting and Maths. BJP is an expert in destroying Maths. The base voters of the Samajwadi party have not left... Our party (SP) is not breaking at all. Those who came and left later are something that does not concern me... Look at the base voters, they are still with us.."

Earlier, amid the circulating fear of cross-voting, Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav also said those who are looking for "profit" in the situation will leave the party. When asked about the absence of some party MLAs from a party meeting on the polls called on Monday, Yadav said, "Those who wanted to profit from the situation will go. Those who were promised will go."

'I Am Confident, As Far As Our Alliance Is Concerned', Says Pralhad Joshi 

Amid floating speculations over cross-voting during the ongoing Rajya Sabha polls in Karnataka, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said, "Whatever will happen, it will happen. But, I am confident, as far as our alliance is concerned."

Congress Has Been Disturbing JD(S) MLAs Everyday: HD Kumaraswamy

On Rajya Sabha elections, Karnataka JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy says, "Congress has been disturbing JD(S) MLAs everyday. Each day they have been saying that more than 12-13 JD(S) are ready to join Congress. To show our strength, we put forward a candidate in this election."

Cross-Voting Confirmed In Karnataka, Action Will Be Taken: BJP Chief Whip

Amid the widespread speculation of cross-voting in Rajya Sabha elections, BJP Chief Whip in Karnataka Assembly, Doddanagouda G. Patil said that ST Somashekhar had cross-voted.

"It is confirmed that ST Somashekar has cross-voted. We are discussing what can be done and what action to be taken", Patil said.

Rajya Sabha Elections LIVE: Our Candidates Have Won... Says SP's Ram Gopal Yadav 

General Secretary of Samajwadi Party Ram Gopal Yadav said party candidates have won, adding that it is "completely fine if someone is choosing to leave" the party.

His statement came after Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Kumar Pandey on Tuesday resigned from the post of party chief whip a day after he skipped a meeting called by party chief Akhilesh Yadav on the Rajya Sabha elections.

"Our candidates have won, they have got 102 votes... It's completely fine if someone is choosing to leave our party," Ram Gopal Yadav said.

Rajya Sabha Elections LIVE: BJP Tried To Threaten Our Leaders, Says Himachal CM Sukhu

Polling for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Himachal Pradesh, which began at 9 am today, ended with Congress MLA from Chintpurni Sudershan Babloo casting the last vote. The polling was brisk and all 68 members voted. Independent MLA from Hamipur Ashish was the first to cast his vote.

Congress MLA Babloo was brought to the Assembly in a helicopter as he was unwell. Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu after casting his vote said the MLAs have voted as per the ideology of the party.

"We have 40 MLAs in the Vidhan Sabha and unless MLAs are bought off, we will get all the votes," he said.

"...We issued Whip, but they didn't have the majority. We had to do the voting. In a way BJP has tried to threaten our leaders, Congress Party strongly condemns it," CM Sukhu said.

Rajya Sabha Polls LIVE: 214 MLAs Cast Votes In Karnataka

As many as 214 MLAs exercised their franchise till 1 pm in the Rajya Sabha election in Karnataka where four seats are vacant, Election Commission officials said.

The Congress has 133 MLAs, excluding the Speaker, while the BJP and JD(S) have 66 and 19 legislators respectively, in the 223-member House. Others account for four. However, one Congress MLA died on Sunday.

Voting began at 9 am today and will go on till 4 pm, while the counting will start from 5 pm. The MLAs will exercise their voting rights using an open ballot system. They have to display their voting preference to the nominated polling agents.

The Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the retirement of four members -- Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar (BJP) and Congress's G C Chandrashekhar, Syed Naseer Hussain and L Hanumanthaiah.

Rajya Sabha Elections LIVE: UP BJP MLA Arrives In Ambulance

BJP MLA Neel Ratan Patel was seen arriving at the UP Assembly in an ambulance to cast his vote.

Voting for the Rajya Sabha elections is underway. In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has fielded eight candidates and the Samajwadi Party three.

Rajya Sabha Election In Karnataka: BJP Candidate Will Win, Says LoP

Karnataka Leader of Opposition R Ashoka said BJP candidate will win the Rajya Sabha election. Voting for the four Rajya Sabha seats are underway in Karnataka.

The Congress has 133 MLAs, the BJP has 66, JD (S) 19, while others account for four.

Of the four others, the Congress claims the support of two independents and Darshan Puttanaiah from Sarvodaya Karnataka Paksha, and is confident of winning three seats. Interestingly, the fourth one - G Janardhana Reddy (of Kalyana Rajya Pragathi Paksha) met the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday.

Rajya Sabha Elections LIVE: SP MLA Manoj Kumar Pandey Breaks Silence On Resignation As Chief Whip

"In politics, you will always be blamed. I have been chosen by the people and I will always think about them," said Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Kumar Pandey on resigning as chief whip of the party.

The voting for the Rajya Sabha elections is underway. In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has fielded eight candidates and the Samajwadi Party three.

Rajya Sabha Election In Karnataka: DKS Says BJP-JDS Alliance 'Can't Go Well'

Dissecting the voting pattern in the four Rajya Sabha seats of the state, Karnataka Deputy CM and Congress leader DK Shivakumar said that the alliance of BJP and JDS "cannot go well".

"This alliance can't go well, because even the BJP had 65-66 votes, they could have got their candidate elected with 45 votes, but they have taken 48 votes. This means that even BJP legislators are not interested to vote for JD(S)," Shivakumar said.

FIR Against JD(S) RS Candidate In Karnataka For ‘Threatening’ Cong MLAs During Poll

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy stated on Tuesday that an FIR has been lodged against JD(S) leader D Kupendra Reddy and his associates at Bengaluru's Vidhana Soudha police station in connection with the Rajya Sabha elections, according to news agency PTI.

In addition, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also confirmed the filing of a formal complaint for allegedly "threatening" Congress MLAs.

Nine MLAs Cross-Vote In Favour Of BJP In Himachal Pradesh: Reports

As per reports, as many as nine MLAs - six of Congress and three Independents - have cross-voted in Himachal Pradesh.

In the state, where the Congress secured 40 out of 68 seats in the 2022 election and believed it had the backing of three independent lawmakers, its candidate Abhishek Singhvi is facing a potential surprise defeat. 

Despite having only 25 MLAs, the BJP seems to be gaining an advantage due to the cross-voting by six Congress leaders and all three independents.

'All 8 BJP Candidates Winning': UP Deputy CM

UP Deputy CM Brajesh Pathak told news agency PTI, "All eight candidates of the BJP are winning. Let's wait for the results.”

The BJP has nominated eight candidates, while the opposition SP has put forward three candidates for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats.

Both parties have the required numbers to secure seven and three members in the Upper House of Parliament, respectively.

Counting Is Underway In Karnataka, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh

BJP Confirms Cross-Voting By ST Somashekar In Karnataka

In a setback to the BJP-JD(S) coalition, BJP MLA ST Somashekar voted for the Congress in the Karnataka Rajya Sabha elections on Tuesday, according to news agency PTI.

"We have got the information that Somashekar has done cross-voting. I believe that people do not like cheating every now and then," the Leader of Opposition R Ashoka told reporters in Bengaluru.

"I consulted with advocate Vivek Reddy who is our state legal cell president and a high court lawyer. We will ask the Speaker to initiate against him (Somashekar) and explore the possibilities to take action in accordance with the law," he added.

Counting Stopped In Himachal Pradesh, Sources Say

According to sources, the counting of votes in Himachal Pradesh was temporarily halted after a complaint was filed by the BJP, as reported by The Economic Times.