Updated February 28th, 2024 at 02:35 IST

Rajya Sabha 2024: BJP Snatches Win From Congress in Himachal, Registers Big Victory in UP

BJP pulled off a surprise win for the 10th seat in UP. BJP's Harsh Mahajan emerged victorious from Himachal's lone seat while Cong won 3 seats from Karnataka.

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Rajya Sabha Elections 2024 Results Updates: Amid day-long drama over cross-voting, MLAs switching sides and missing legislators in Himachal, BJP on Tuesday put up a stellar show by winning 11 out of 15 seats across three states. BJP emerged victorious from Himachal Pradesh's lone seat much to everyone's surprise. Congress, enjoying a clear majority in the Vidhan Sabha, was confident of sending Abhishek Manu Singhvi to the Upper House. However, that was not to be as BJP's Harsh Mahajan won the seat after a tie, In Karnataka, Congress defeated the BJP-JDS combine to win 3 out of 4 seats. The battle for the fourth seat was between Congress's GC Chandrashekhar and JDS' Kupendra Reddy. However, Reddy fell short by 10 first preference votes with Congress emerging victorious. 41 of the 56 members have already been elected unopposed, leaving the three states to witness heated contests between the BJP and the INDIA bloc. The elected members include former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, BJP chief JP Nadda, Ashok Chavan, and union ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw and L Murugan. 

Here are the latest updates related to voting:

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Cross-Voting Costs Samajwadi Party Dearly in UP

With odds stacked heavily against BJP, the party candidate Sanjay Seth pulled out a surprise win by beating Samajwadi Party's Alok Ranjan for the tenth seat.

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Late Night Protests Break Out Over “Pakistan Zindabad” Slogans Chanted After Congress Candidate Syed Nasir Hussain's Win in Rajya Sabha, Several BJP Workers Detained

‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogan mars Congress' celebrations


BJP Yuva Morcha workers were detained by the Bengaluru police after they gheraoed the Congress office as massive protests broke out over “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans chanted after Congress' Syed Nasir Hussain's win in today's Rajya Sabha polls.

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BJP's Newly Elected Candidate From UP Naveen Jain After Victory: Won 8 Today in Rajya Sabha Polls, Will Win 80 in Upcoming Lok Sabha Elections

BJP's Naveen Jain, after winning from Lucknow says, "This is the victory of PM Modi's welfare works. A message has been sent that you and your party will go ahead if you serve the people...We won 8 today and we will 80 in Lok Sabha." BJP's Sudhanshu Trivedi, Tej Veer Singh Amar Pal Maurya have also been been elected to the Rajya Sabha.

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“Matter of Concern”: Former CM Basavaraj Bommai Demands Action After Congress Candidate Syed Nasir Hussain's Supporters Shouted 'Pakistan Zindabad' Following Rajya Sabha Win

Taking to X, Bommai wrote, "Congress candidate Syed Nasir Hussain's supporters shouted 'Pakistan Zindabad' during his victory in the Rajya Sabha elections. This shows that the Pakistan supporters of the @INCKarnataka party have the help and support.

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Even during his victory in the assembly elections, he raised 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans in Belagavi and hoisted the Pakistani flag. It is a matter of concern that anti-nationals have been given space in the Assembly and the government has not taken any action even though the matter is very serious. I urge the government to immediately arrest the culprits and take strict action."

BJP Sweeps Uttar Pradesh, Wins The Hotly-Contested 10th Seat

In a huge setback for Akhilesh Yadav, his party SP failed to hold on to the tenth seat due to mass cross-voting in favour of BJP. Jaya Bachchan from SP has been re-elected to the Rajya Sabha

Himachal Pradesh CM Should Resign, He Doesn't Have The Requisite Numbers: LoP Jairam Thakur

Himachal Pradesh LoP Jairam Thakur says, "We are rightly saying that looking at this victory, the Himachal Pradesh CM should resign from his position...The MLAs have left him just within a year." State BJP has claimed that their candidate, Harsh Mahajan has won the election.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi Concedes Defeat in Himachal, Thanks The 9 MLAs Who Fled

"The nine persons have taught me a lot of about human nature – fickleness and resoluteness," said Singhvi, adding that the nine legislators fled after having dinner and breakfast with him. Singhvi further stated that the BJP win only cements one fact that the Saffron Party is ready to “win by any hook or crook, more so by crook.”

After tie of 34-34, BJP's Harsh Mahajan Claims Victory Over Congress' Abhishek Manu Singhvi From Lone Seat in Himachal

Despite having clear majority in the Legislative Assembly, Congress was unable to retain 6 legislators. BJP has pulled off a surprise win.

Newly appointed Rajya Sabha Congress MP Nasser Hussain’s supporters chant Pakistan Zindabad inside Vidhan Soudha

Supporters of Syed Naseer Hussain chant slogans of Pakistan Zindabad. The slogans were chanted during Naseer Hussain's victory celebrations. Supporters brazenly shout slogans of Pakistan Zindabad

REVEALED: Six Congress MLAs Who Won Cross-Voted For BJP In Himachal

Six Congress MLAs cross voted for BJP in Himachal Pradesh, including Sudhir Sharma:

Rajendra Rana, 
Ravi Thakur,
Indradutt Lakhanpal,
Chaitanya Sharma,
Devendra Bhutto

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Himachal Pradesh Congress MLAs Arrive At PWD Rest House In Panchkula

Congress MLAs show up at a resort in Haryana. Whether these MLAs will join BJP or lead to the collapse of the Sukhu government in the coming days, only time will tell. Amid all these developments, Himachal CM claimed that the BJP didn't allow their legislators to vote.

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Sukhu's Big Charge: BJP Trying To Kidnap Our MLAs

The way the counting has started, the opposition leaders are coming and threatening the counting officers, this is not right. If there is no vote then how will it be counted, I would like to tell the BJP leaders not to put themselves under so much pressure. Those who have taken 5-6 MLAs with them, they should definitely contact their families, the kind of goons the opposition is talking about. BJP has played a disgusting game. The people of Himachal will not accept the efforts being made to kill democracy in the coming times.

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We have also received a picture of the way in which they are taking people by kidnapping.

Karnataka Rajya Sabha Results: Who got what?

With 45 first-preference votes required to get a seat in Rajya Sabha, 5 candidates were vying for 4 seats to the Upper House. Here's how they fared:

Ajay Maken (Congress) - 47 
G.C.Chandra (Congress) - 45 
Saiyad Nasir Husain (Congress) - 47  
Kupendra Reddy (JDS) - 36

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Karnataka Rajya Sabha Results: Congress 3 - BJP 1

In a big boost, Congress has won three out of four seats in Karnataka. Ajay Maken, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrashekhar emerge victorious. BJP ensures victory of Narayansa Bandage. Kupendra Reddy secures only 35 votes. 

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Game over for Sukhu govt in Himachal? BJP claims Congress is in minority after 9 MLAs cross-vote

Ahead of the Budget session, Congress government in Himachal faces a huge challenge as they might not have to requisite numbers to even pass the budget in the Assembly. Himachal Pradesh LoP Jairam Thakur

, "Budget will be presented tomorrow. We will discuss the Budget tomorrow and then we will see the situation there. But I can see that the Government has lost the majority."

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Himachal Rajya Sabha elections: 9 MLAs, who cross-voted, are in protection of CRPF 

After 9 MLAs cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha elections from Himachal, all of them, including 6 Congress MLAs and 3 Independents, have been shifted to a separate location and have been placed under CRPF protection. According to our sources, they will be taken from Shimla to Panchkula. The voting has now been stopped by the Election Commission after BJP objected on vote of one MLA brought by CM Sukku in chopper for RS vote. BJP said that taking MLA in CM’s chopper is against EC guidelines. BJP has requested EC not to count the vote of Sudarshan Singh Bablu.

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Tough Fight For The 10th Seat in UP As Cross-Voting Dampens SP's Chances

SP had 108 MLAs plus Congress' two. 7 voted for BJP. So far, SP has a total of 100 votes. There is talk that SBSP's Jagdish Narayan Rai voted for SP. The ballot was not shown to the agent. That means total 101 votes for SP. In order to get elected to the Rajya Sabha from UP, a candidate requires 37 first-preference votes. That means SP candidates have to bag at least 111 first-preference votes to get 3 out of 10 seats that are going to polls.

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BJP To Seek Disqualification of Turncoat MLAs 

The Karnataka BJP will be meeting the speaker of Karnataka assembly seeking disqualification of turncoat MLAs. 

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Protest in Benglauru After BJP MLA Cross Votes 

 

I Think About People: Manoj Pandey 

After resigning from the chief whip position of the Samajwadi Party, Manoj Pandey said, "The people have given me a chance to vote many times. If one is in politics, one has to bear all kinds of blame. I have been nominated for the people, and I will think only about my people."

 

Know 3 MLA Who Cross Voted in Himachal Pradesh 

Reports suggest that 9 Congress MLAs have voted in favour of the BJP, while three MLAs have confirmed. 

The three MLAs who voted in favour of BJP- 

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Rajinder Rana(Sujanpur)

Sudhir Sharma(Dharmashala)

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Chaitanya Sharma(Gagret)

 

DK Shivakumar Responds on Cross-Voting Buzz 

“I have not seen it. It is a secret ballot vote. In the state, this alliance cannot go well. BJP had 65 votes or something, they could have got 45 and their candidate elected. They have taken 48 votes which shows that BJP legislators are not interested in voting for JD(S). BJP legislators do not want to vote for JD(S), hence out of 45, they have taken 48 votes,” said Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar on cross-voting by BJP MLAs. 

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Congress, RJD MLAs join BJP in Bihar 

Congress MLAs Murari Prasad Gautam and Siddharth Saurav, and RJD MLA Sangita Kumari joined the BJP today.

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Results in Uttar Pradesh to be declared by evening

“All guidelines of ECI were followed during voting, results to be out by evening,” said Uttar Pradesh Assembly Speaker Satish Mahana. 
 

Siddaramaiah Thanks Somasekhar 

Amid buzz of BJP MLA Somasekhar voting in favour of the BJP, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah thanked him. “I convey my thanks to ST Somashekhar if he has voted for us,” said Siddaramaiah. 

 

Congress candidates will get more votes than required: Karnataka MLA 

While speaking on Rajya Sabha elections, Karnataka Congress MLA Rizwan Arshad said, "There will be no cross-voting. Congress candidates will get more votes than required. If people from some other party want to vote for us, then we won't say no to it."

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9 RLD MLAs cross vote for BJP

As many as nine RLD MLAs have voted for the BJP,  RLD said. In a tweet the party posted, "All nine MLAs of the party together and unanimously voted for Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajya Sabha candidate, Sanjay Seth ji. Rashtriya Lok Dal's vote is in favor of farmers, youth, poor, and women…(sic)"

 

BJP MLA ST Somasekhar has cross votes for Congress

BJP MLA ST Somashekhar has cross voted for Congress, confirmed BJP agent and VP Sunil Kumar Karkala. BJP chief whip Doddana Gowda has decided to take a strict action against Somashekhar. He is likely to get disqualified. 

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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah casts his vote at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru 

After casting his vote in Bengaluru, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said, "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."

 

Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu casts vote in polling booth in Shimla

BJP and JD(S) leaders including HD Kumaraswamy, R Ashoka and Basavaraj Bommai show victory signs after casting their votes in favour of BJP candidate Narayana Bandage

 

Voting underway for four RS seats in Karnataka as Congress eyes rival camp support

Amid cross-voting fears, voting in the elections for the four Rajya Sabha seats in Karnataka is underway on Tuesday, with the ruling Congress claiming it could get support from the rival camp. Fearing cross-voting, both the Congress and the BJP-JD(S) alliance huddled their MLAs in a private resort on Monday and held a workshop for the new members on the election process and how to cast their votes. 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. Congress sources claimed that the party has the support of four others.

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UP: Voting in Rajya Sabha Polls Underway, Keen Contest Likely on One of 10 Seats

Voting is underway in the elections for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday with eight BJP candidates and three from the Samajwadi Party in the fray. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath, Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav were among the prominent faces who arrived at the state Assembly to cast their votes.

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Published February 27th, 2024 at 10:43 IST