AFTER March 23 Poll, NDA Predicted To Increase Seats In Rajya Sabha

SENIOR Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal has joined BJP along with his son Nitin,who is an MLA in Uttar Pradesh.The UP’s ruling party has fielded Nitin Agaralwal for the coming Rajya Sabha biennial election from Uttar Pradesh.
Nitin represents Hardoi in the State Legislative Assembly after his father vacated the seat following his election to the India’s Upper
House of Parliament.Both have quit the troubled SP which is headed by ex-Chief Minister youthful Akhilesh Yadav after sending it’s founder Mulayam Singh Yadav to political exile.Naresh Agarwal,66,belonging to an influential community representing SP in the opposition camp at the national level for long, felt humiliated after the SP Supremo has favoured Jabalpur born film actress turned politico
Jaya Bachchan for its only RS seat from Uttar Pradesh over him for the biennial poll.However,his caustic comment on her can’t be defended and Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has rightly deplored it as mysoynstic. .BJP has however distanced itself from Agarwal’s comment.
In the 403 -member state assembly,BJP has 325 MLAs to ensure hassle-free election of eight candidates to The Rajya Sabha.After electing eight candidates to the RS,BJP will have 28 spare votes and hence,if it can manage another nine votes, BJP can get elected Nitin comfortably,say political pundits.This is the khel CM Aditya Nath Yogi,trusted disciple of Modi-Amit Shah duo ,is playing.The eight candidates fielded by BJP and who are certain of getting elected are Finance Minister are Arun Jaitley,GVL Narasimha Rao, National Spokesman for BJP, Dr Anil Jain,former SP MLC Ashok Vajpayee,Sankaldeep Rajbhar,Vijay Pal Singh Tomar ,Kanta Kardam and Harnath Singh Yadav .
Observers say nobody should be surprised if BJP manages to bag more than it’s officially announced candidates get elected to The RS where Congress makes it’s presence felt along with other parties.
Joining BJP in the presence of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal Naresh Agarwal says
“Whatever work the BJP gives me I will accept it. We will do seva for the BJP. I promise to deliver fully.” Naresh Agaralwal also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah.
Members of state Assemblies elect Rajya Sabha members by what is called proportional representation with a single transferable vote. Each voter ranks his preference, and if the first candidate on the list has enough votes to win, or no chance of winning, the vote is transferred to the next choice.
In UP assembly, a candidate needs 37 MLA votes to win. The Samajwadi Party has 47 votes including that of Nitin Agaralwal.Since there may not be whip,he may not vote for SP candidate.
The Congress has seven MLAs and the Nishad Party and the RLD have one each.the BSP needs nine Samajwadi votes to make it.Besides Nitin Agaralwal,BJP has announced support to three other candidates.They are Salil Bishnoi,Vidya Sagar Sonkar and Anil Agaralwal.
After the biennial elections being held for 58 seats in 16 States on
March 23, including 10 in UP. The BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will increase their number of seats in the Rajya Sabha by at least 10 more seats. The NDA has 86 members in the 245 -Member legislature. After the upcoming poll its number of seats will go up to at least 96 after these elections, still short but closer to the halfway mark at 123.But some of the 12 Nominated
Members very often either remain neutral or stayed away from voting against the Government on crucial issues.Besides, it is the Lok Sabha which is mandated by the Constitution to approve all bills related to financial matters including budgetary allocations.
Meanwhile, Congress candidate eminent lawyer Abhishek Manu Sanghvi is being supported by TMC for the biennial election from Bengal.Manu Sanghvi,a native of Rajasthan and RS Member from the BJP ruled State, can’t hope to get re-elected from there due to depleted Congress strength in the Rajasthan assembly.(image- HT)

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