BJP is inching towards the much needed majority in the Rajya Sabha with facile wins to increase its numbers. With like-minded parties like AIADMK and TMC, the party can muster majority if the pending Bills are put up in the floor of the house. With both Modi and Shah ruling the roost, the party is able to muster more votes if there is an emergency. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party maximised its gains with significant wins in the Rajya Sabha polls, winning 11 seats on its symbol, while ensuring that one more candidate, media baron Subhash Chandra, an Independent who was backed by the party, defeated a Congress-INLD backed Independent in Haryana. For the Congress, the news should have been good too, as four of the six seats that it won were secured with support from friendly parties and the bad news for the party came from Haryana, where the candidate it had backed, senior lawyer R.K. Anand, lost because 15 votes intended for him were rejected. The second seat in Haryana was won by Union Rural Development Minister Birender Singh. BJP’s calculated move succeeded in Haryana but as in the past in South they could not get a foothold as Congress surprised them in close contests despite corruption charges against their candidates.
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