- 5 of 13 seats that fell vacant go to AAP, 2 to LDF and 1 to Congress
New Delhi: The BJP now has more than 100 MPs in the Rajya Sabha after its candidates won the elections held on Thursday.
Of the 13 seats that fell vacant, BJP won five. The party and its ally UPPL won both the seats in Assam. While BJP was assured of win for its candidate Parbitra Margherita on one seat, Congress and UPPL were fighting for the second one.
However, during the elections, Congress suffered a setback after a few of its MLAs as well of its ally AIUDF voted for the BJP-backed candidate, Rwngwra Narzary.
Congress suspended two of its MLAs.
Congress now does not have a single MP from Assam in the Rajya Sabha.
Dr Manik Saha became the first BJP MP from Tripura in the RS.
The Saffron party’s candidate in Nagaland, S Phangnon Konyak, was elected unopposed.
Thus, all four Rajya Sabha seats in the three northeast states for which elections were held on Thursday went to BJP.
In Kerala, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) won two seats and Congress one.
The BJP candidate in Himachal Pradesh, Prof Sikander Kumar, won uncontested as the Opposition Congress had not fielded any candidate against him.
In Punjab, AAP candidates won all five seats uncontested. The new RS MPs from Punjab are Raghav Chadha, Sandeep Pathak, Ashok Mittal, Sanjeev Arora and Harbhajan Singh.
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