BJP candidates M J Akbar and Anil Dave and Congress’ Vivek Tankha on Saturday have been elected to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh, whereas an unbiased candidate backed by BJP was defeated.
BJP’s bid to spoil the Congress candidate’s possibilities by fielding BJP chief Vinod Gotia as an unbiased candidate didn’t bear fruit. Gotia received 50 votes–48 surplus votes of BJP and two independents–towards the required 58.
Senior journalist M J Akbar and state BJP chief and strategist Dave polled 58 votes every, whereas Tankha secured 62 votes–57 from Congress, 4 from BSP and one unbiased, returning officer Bhagwandas Israni stated.
BSP supremo Mayawati had issued a whip to its 4 MLAs to vote for Tankha.
The power of Madhya Pradesh Assembly is 230. A complete of 228 MLAs–164 of BJP, 57 of Congress, 4 of BSP and three independents–forged votes.
BJP MLA Rajendra Dadu died in a highway accident on June 9, whereas the Supreme Court restrained one other of its MLAs, Rajendra Meshram from voting following a petition.
BJP additionally threw its weight behind Gotia. To counter the transfer, senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath, Mohan Prakash, Sushil Kumar Shinde, AICC common secretary Digvijay Singh and former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri have been tenting right here to maintain the celebration’s flock collectively.