RS poll: All eyes on UP and Karnataka
BJP is trying desperately to change the minority status in the Upper House
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.