Chandigarh: Rajya Sabha member from Haryana,
Shadi Lal Batra, whose term was expiring next month, retained
his seat as he was here on Thursday declared elected uncontested to
the Upper House.
As no other candidate was in the fray, the Congress
leader was declared elected uncontested, official sources said
Batra, considered a staunch loyalist of Chief Minister
Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had on Monday filed his nomination
His candidature was supported by the Haryana Congress
MLAs and independent MLAs in Haryana Assembly.
Batra is a sitting Member of the Council of States from
Haryana, and had so far completed a tenure of about
two-and-a-half years, as his previous term was to expire on
Having twice served the State as a Member of the Haryana
Legislative Assembly from Rohtak, Batra also remained Chairman
of the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board.
The ruling Congress was expected to retain the seat as
it has a strength of 46 in the 90 member state assembly and
also enjoys the support of the Independents.