RS poll: All eyes on UP and Karnataka

BJP is trying desperately to change the minority status in the Upper House

RS poll: All eyes on UP and Karnataka

Rajya Sabha poll is underway in seven states  as BJP hopes to increase its tally substantially. Voting has started in the morning to 27 seats. 58 seats  from 16 states of the the Upper House fell vacant in recent months. But 31 candidates have been elected un opposed .

Senior Congress leader is contesting from Uttar Pradesh. In Karnataka there is still suspense after charges of larges of large scale horse trading have been alleged.

Rajastan, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh are the other states that elects their representatives today

In Karnataka, five nominees, including three from Congress and one each from the BJP and Janatal Dal-Secular (JD-S) are trying their fortunes.  The candidates include

The Congress  candidates are Oscar Fernandes, Jairam Ramesh and K.C. Ramamurthy.  Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of BJP and B.M. Farooq of Janata Dal-Secular are the other candidates from Karnataka. Congress third nominee Ramamurthy need 12 more votes to win over JD-S B  Farooq, who need five more to get in to the Upper House

Kapil Sibal in Uttar Pradesh has the support of BSP. In UP 11 seats are vacant, and 12 candidates are in the fray. SP has fielded seven while BSP two. BJP and Congress has fielded one each. SP has the support of Rastriya Lok Dal and is expected to win all seven seats. BSP's two candidates may also win .

In Rajastan election is held for four seats

In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP has nominated Anil Madhav Dave and M.J. Akbar as their candidates

In Haryana, where the BJP  has nominated Union Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh as its candidate.The party is also supporting  media baron Subhash Chandra, who is contesting as  an Independent candidate.

Senior advocate R.K. Anand has also in the fray in Haryana as an Independent candidate and is banking on support of Congress and opposition Indian National Lok Dal.

In Jharkhand, where the BJP's candidate is  Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi  Its second nominee is  Mahesh Poddar, an industrialist.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has fielded Basant Soren, son of its chief Shibu Soren. The Congress is supporting  Soren.