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Rajya Sabha Elections 2018: Full List of State-Wise Winning Candidates

24 March 2018

Friday's elections - with 25 seats contested in eight states while 33 others were filled unopposed - have strengthened the BJP in the Rajya Sabha but not given it a majority in the Upper House yet. He added that to ensure "Congress mukt Bharat", BJP will now focus on Karnataka.

The Rajya Sabha election results showed that incumbent regional parties in states such as West Bengal and Telangana continue to perform well.

The Congress and the BJP had won one seat each in Jharkhand. It is an honour for me to serve Karnataka and serve my city Bengaluru, says Rajeev Chandrashekhar of the BJP after winning Rajya Sabha Elections from Karnataka.

He claimed that the Samajwadi Party did not transfer its additional votes to the BSP's candidate.

Amidst high voltage drama, the counting of votes for 10 seats begun after a delay of more than two hours. As per the simple gambit, if the Samjwadi Party failed to get her candidate elected, the BSP supremo Mayawati would be too hurt and furious.

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Further Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachchan won from Hardoi constituency which is to be vacant after BJP leader Naresh Agarwal term in Raya Sabha ends in April. The victory of 8 BJP candidates was certain with 28 spare votes for the ninth candidate Anil Agarwal who needed nine more votes. Seven Janata Dal (Secular), or JDS, rebels were allowed to vote despite the party having asked the speaker to disqualify them from the voting process.

However, the elections to 10 RS seats witnessed heavy cross voting from both the ruling party and opposition camps. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi's B Prakash, B Lingaiah Yadav and J Santosh Kumar won, the Trinamool Congress bagged four seats in West Bengal.

The parties like Bharatiya Janata Party having 5 members, Telugu Desam Party with 2 members and Communist Party of India-Marxist, 1 member, did not take part in the voting process. Six candidates, including Congress nominee Abhisek Manu Singhvi, are in the fray for the five Rajya Sabha seats. It won 12 of the remaining 26 seats at stake in the polls held in seven states yesterday. The Congress lost out on two seats which it held earlier. The first seat was won by BJP's Sameer Oraon. In Jharkhand, three members are in the fray for two seats.

The implication is that at least one of Akhilesh's 46 members present helped the BJP's Agrawal through. The party's national general secretary, Saroj Pandey, defeated the Congress's Lekhram Sahu. The Uttar Pradesh Assembly has 403 members. Kumar, who resigned from the Rajya Sabha after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar joined hands with the BJP, contested the seat after shifting from the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). The lone BJP member, O. Rajagopal, and independent member P.C. George also abstained.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the opposition of spreading lies against his government due to its increasing "frustration" over electoral losses, and asked BJP MPs to use technology effectively to take the truth to the masses.

Rajya Sabha Elections 2018: Full List of State-Wise Winning Candidates