The BJP may have registered victories in Maharashtra, Haryana and Karnataka in the recent Rajya Sabha elections, but the party’s tally, which reached the 100-mark in the Upper House in April this year, has come down from 95 to 91 after the biennial elections were held for 57 seats
According to the official website of Rajya Sabha, the BJP currently has 95 members out of the total 232 members of the Upper House, including 57 retiring members.
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The retiring members include 26 BJP members, while 22 party members won the biennial elections. In this way, the party has lost four seats. After the elected members take oath, the number of BJP members in the Upper House will come down from 95 to 91. Or to say that the BJP will have to wait longer to reach the figure of 100. At present there are total 13 vacancies in Rajya Sabha including seven nominated members. In such a situation, after the appointment of nominated members and filling of vacant seats, the party could once again touch the figure of 100.
After winning one seat each in Assam, Tripura and Nagaland in the Rajya Sabha elections held in April, the BJP touched 100 in the Upper House for the first time in its history. Many party leaders including PM Narendra Modi and BJP President JP Nadda called it a big achievement of BJP.
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After the announcement of biennial elections for 57 Rajya Sabha seats, all 41 candidates were elected unopposed in Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Telangana, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, including 14 from the BJP. The BJP gained three seats in Uttar Pradesh. Five members of the party had retired from UP while eight of its members have been elected. At the same time, in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, the BJP got two seats each, while in Uttarakhand and Jharkhand the party got one seat each.
Rajya Sabha Elections: Won 22 out of 57 seats
Besides this, elections were held for 16 seats in Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka on Friday. Where BJP won three seats in Maharashtra. At the same time, in Karnataka too, the party won three seats and won one seat each in Haryana-Rajasthan. Due to better election management, two candidates of the party and an independent candidate backed by it won in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Haryana even though their chances of winning were slim.
In this way BJP won 8 seats in these four states. In all, BJP candidates have won 22 out of 57 seats. Karthikeya Sharma, who won the independent elections in Haryana, was supported by the BJP and its ally Jannayak Janata Party. At the same time, in Rajasthan, BJP had supported independent candidate Subhash Chandra but he lost his.