Rajya Sabha polls: BJP avenges Lok Sabha by-poll defeat in UP, wins 12 seats, Congress 5

In all the elections held for 25 seats on Friday, BJP won 12, Congress managed five, Trinamool gained four, Telangana Rashtra Samiti three and the Samajwadi Party one.

Last Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 00:19
File photo of Parliament

New Delhi: The BJP on Friday registered a major victory when the party managed to get all its nine candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls elected from Uttar Pradesh. In all the elections held for 25 seats on Friday, BJP won 12, Congress managed five, Trinamool gained four, Telangana Rashtra Samiti three and the Samajwadi Party one. With wounds from losses in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha constituencies still fresh, BJP managed to secure a favourable result in UP on Friday with its candidate - Anil Agarwal - defeating a BSP nominee - Bhimrao Ambedkar - for the 10th seat in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections. The other BJP winners were Arun Jaitley, Ashok Bajpai, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, GVL Narasimha Rao and Harnath Singh Yadav. The votes of SP MLA Nitin Agarwal and Anil Singh of the BSP, who cross voted in favour of the BJP, were declared invalid. Samajwadi Party's Jaya Bachchan also managed to get the remaining seat from UP.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi later congratulated all those who won the Rajya Sabha elections and wished them a fruitful parliamentary career. "Congratulations to all those elected to the Rajya Sabha from various states and best wishes for their Parliamentary career," he tweeted. He hoped they effectively voice the aspirations of the states they will represent.

The voting for Rajya Sabha elections for 25 seats across six states - Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana - began at 9 am on Friday. 

For the 58 Rajya Sabha seats, 33 candidates from 10 states were earlier declared elected unopposed on March 15, 2018. Seven union ministers including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar were among them. 

Rajya Sabha polls: List of representatives elected to the Upper House

24 March 2018, 00:08 AM

Celebratory visuals from Lucknow after all the 9 candidates of BJP won the Rajya Sabha elections. 


24 March 2018, 00:07 AM

I want to thank PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and CM Yogi Adityanath. I feel elated that i could do what they expected from me. We all are really delighted with the results: Anil Agrawal, BJP's winning candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections.


24 March 2018, 00:06 AM

BJP used all its money power & their state powers in the voting. They did not let two of our people vote, they were not allowed to come out of the jail. Even when they had the orders from the court & the election commission: Satish Mishra, BSP.


23 March 2018, 23:51 PM

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23 March 2018, 22:38 PM

This is the victory of democracy and it is for the welfare of Uttar Pradesh, says Mahendra Nath Pandey, BJP state president


23 March 2018, 22:36 PM

The nine BJP members who have been elected to Rajya Sabha from UP are Arun Jaitley, Ashok Bajpai, Vijaya Pal Singh Tomar, Sakal Deep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, Harnath Singh Yadav, GVL Narsimha Rao and Anil Agarwal.

23 March 2018, 22:19 PM

Anil Agarwal of the BJP has won the tenth Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh, defeating BSP’s BR Ambedkar in the counting of second preference votes, say reports

23 March 2018, 22:02 PM

BSP candidate Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar may lose to BJP's Anil Agarwal in second preferential vote counting, say reports

23 March 2018, 21:59 PM

The second round of counting begins in UP

23 March 2018, 21:56 PM

Harnath Singh Yadav, Vijaypal Singh Tomar, Kanta Kardam and Dr Ashok Bajpai declared winners too

23 March 2018, 21:52 PM

Samajwadi Party candidate Jaya Bachchan wins from Uttar Pradesh. She got 38 votes. Independent MLA Raja Bhaiyya voted for her.

23 March 2018, 21:46 PM

BJP candidate Sakaldeep Rajbhar also declared winner from UP

23 March 2018, 21:39 PM

-BJP's Arun Jaitley and GVL Narasimha Rao elected to Rajya Sabha.

23 March 2018, 21:28 PM

-BJP's Anil Jain has been declared winner from Uttar Pradesh.

23 March 2018, 21:23 PM

I am very happy to have received the maximum number of votes. Happy with the trust shown in me. It is an honour for me to serve Karnataka and serve my city Bengaluru, says Rajeev Chandrashekhar of BJP 


23 March 2018, 21:21 PM

It' an important responsibility. We'll take up debates and discussion very seriously. We'll live up to the expectation of national and state leadership. We'll also live up to the expectations of people of state: Naseer Hussain, Congress.


23 March 2018, 21:10 PM

-After high drama and confusion, both BJP and Congress have managed to win one seat each in Jharkhand. 

23 March 2018, 20:57 PM

Congress's Dr L Hanumanthaiah, Dr Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar and BJP's Rajeev Chandrashekar were declared elected by the returning officer, says PTI

23 March 2018, 20:56 PM

The ruling Congress in Karnataka today bagged three Rajya Sabha seats and BJP one in the biennial election, reports PTI 

23 March 2018, 20:42 PM

KCR-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) bagged all three Rajya Sabha seats. Three TRS candidates - B Prakash, J Santosh Kumar and AB Lingaiah Yadav - were elected to the Upper House. Congress candidate and former union minister P Balram Naik was defeated.

23 March 2018, 20:30 PM

JVM leader Prakash Ram has been suspended from the party over allegations of faulty voting.

23 March 2018, 20:26 PM

One vote each of BSP, BJP declared invalid in UP due to faulty voting, reports ANI.

23 March 2018, 20:23 PM

Election Commission has rejected the complaint against Jharkhand Vikas Morcha MLA Prakash Ram after reviewing the video. It was alleged that he did not show his ballot paper to the party's authorised representative after casting vote, reports ANI.

23 March 2018, 19:49 PM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee flashes a victory sign after four TMC candidates were elected to Rajya Sabha.


23 March 2018, 19:41 PM

Counting of votes for Rajya Sabha elections begins in Karnataka, reports ANI

23 March 2018, 19:16 PM

''It is humbling and uplifting, it is a result of cooperation between different groups and MLAs,'' says Singhvi.

23 March 2018, 19:14 PM

Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi wins Rajya Sabha elections from West Bengal

23 March 2018, 19:13 PM

I do believe in democracy. My priority will be to fight against corruption, says Subhasish Chakraborty. 


23 March 2018, 19:12 PM

Subhasish Chakraborty of TMC elected to Rajya Sabha.

23 March 2018, 19:11 PM

Counting of votes in UP for Rajya Sabha elections begins after clearance from the Election Commission, reports ANI

23 March 2018, 19:09 PM

TDP leader C M Ramesh unanimously elected to Rajya Sabha consecutively.  


23 March 2018, 19:00 PM

I am in the seventh heaven of delight. This is the brainchild of CM Mamata 'didi'. I am very hopeful that I will live up to her expectations, says Abir Ranjan Biswas  


23 March 2018, 18:59 PM

 Abir Ranjan Biswas (TMC) elected to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal.

23 March 2018, 18:46 PM

Counting of votes in Karnataka has not started as yet because Janata Dal (Secular) had complained to EC about some discrepancy. Janata Dal has boycotted the voting now, so that will also enhance our chances of victory, says Congress leader G Parameshwara.


23 March 2018, 18:42 PM

Among others who have been elected are – Kumar Ketkar of Congress, Narayan Rane and Prakash Javadekar and V Muralidharan (all from BJP), Anil Desai (Shiv Sena) and Vandana Chavan (NCP). All of them have been elected unopposed.

23 March 2018, 18:42 PM

RS polls results: BJP's Saroj Pandey has elected to the Rajya Sabha from Chhattisgarh by beating Congress's Lekhram Sahu.

23 March 2018, 18:36 PM

SP, BSP demand Election Commission to declare votes of BJP's Nitin Agrawal and BSP's Anil Singh invalid alleging that they did not show their ballot paper to the polling agent, reports ANI.

23 March 2018, 18:35 PM

EC has received a complaint from Jharkhand Vikas Morcha for cancellation of vote of Prakash Ram, who cross-voted. Further view will be taken by the commission after receiving Returning Officer's report, says EC  

23 March 2018, 18:23 PM

-BJP will win in other states as well under the leadership of PM Modi and party president Amit Shah: Saroj Pandey, BJP


23 March 2018, 18:22 PM

Counting has been put on hold in Karnataka after the complaint made by JD(S) was forwarded to the CEC. Officials say that they are waiting for clearance before starting the counting.  

23 March 2018, 18:20 PM

Uttar Pradesh: Election Commission has not given permission to begin the counting of votes for Rajya Sabha election due to some objections in ballot papers. Counting to begin only after EC gives clearance, reports ANI.


23 March 2018, 17:14 PM

SP MLA Raja Bhaiyya met CM Yogi Adityanath, said meeting had nothing to do with the election in Rajya Sabha.

23 March 2018, 17:12 PM

Congress MLA Anila Bhediya accused of disclosing vote cast in secret ballot, reports ANI.

23 March 2018, 16:57 PM

JVM MLA Prakash Ram intentionally didn't show ballot paper and concealed marked column, alleges AICC

23 March 2018, 16:56 PM

AICC gives a memorandum to the EC requesting it to issue directions to the concerned Returning Officer to cancel vote cast by Jharkhand Vikas Morcha MLA Prakash Ram.

23 March 2018, 16:54 PM

JDS alleges illegal voting in Rajya Sabha, urges EC observer to counter mandate the process.


23 March 2018, 15:00 PM

Rajya Sabha polls: Cross-voting reported from Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka 

23 March 2018, 14:14 PM

“Two senior Congress leaders cross voted in the first ballot paper. Returning officer allowed them to vote again in fresh ballot paper. Illegal voting is going on, requested EC Observer to counter mandate the process,” said Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy