BJP stakes claim on three of six RS seats in Bihar
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 21:29
Patna: Indicating a turf war with its NDA ally JD(U), the BJP today staked its claim on three of the six Rajya Sabha seats going for biennial polls on March 30.

"We would like to contest three of the six Rajya Sabha seats from Bihar and our leadership will take up the demand with the JD(U) during seat sharing talks," BJP Bihar president C P Thakur said after the state election committee meeting.

Thakur exuded confidence that the leadership of the two allies will amicably work out the seat sharing agreement for the six Rajya Sabha and 11 Legislative Council seats going for the biennial polls on March 30.

JD(U) state president Vashistha Narayan Singh, however, described BJP's demand for three Rajya Sabha seats as premature and said the final decision on this would be decided at the meeting of the NDA leadership.

The BJP, with its 91 members in the assembly, can win two Rajya Sabha seats on its own, while the JD(U) having 118 members can win three Rajya Sabha seats on its own.

With a candidate requiring a minimum of 35 votes for victory, the two NDA constituents would require to transfer their surplus votes to whosoever among them contests on the sixth seat.

The polls for the Rajya Sabha seats will take place to fill the vacancies upon retirement of Ali Anwar Ansari, Anil Sahni and Mahendra Prasad (all JD-U), Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP) and Jabir Husain and Rajniti Prasad (both RJD).

The term of all these six retiring Rajya Sabha members comes to an end on April 2.


First Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 21:29

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