New Delhi: Four Congress candidates, including
Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, three of the BJP, two NCP`s
and one National Conference nominee were elected unopposed to
the Rajya Sabha after the expiry of deadline for withdrawal of
nominations for the bypolls this evening.
As no other candidate was in the fray, all the ten were
declared elected uncontested with the Congress wresting the
seat from the BJP in Rajasthan and retaining it in Haryana,
Maharashtra and Delhi.
The BJP retained two seats in Madhya Pradesh and one in
Chattisgarh, Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party two
in Maharashtra and the ruling National Conference one in Jammu
and Kashmir, returning officers in respective states said.
The four Congress candidates elected to the Upper House
are Union Minister and former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh
from Maharashtra, Shadi Lal Batra, an MLA,from Haryana, Parvez
Hashmi from Delhi and Narendra Bhudhaniya from Rajasthan.
BJP leaders Kaptan Singh Solanki and Anil Madhav Dave made
it to the Upper House from Madhya Pradesh while another senior
party leader Nand Kumar Sai found a berth from Chhattisgarh.
Two NCP nominees elected to the Rajya Sabha are Govindrao
Adik and Ranjitsinh Mohite-Patil while NC`s Ghulam Nabi Wani,
a journalist, also entered the Upper House.
Deshmukh, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public
Enterprises, was twice Chief Minister of Maharashtra and a
He was elected unopposed after the the Shiv Sena nominee
opted out of contest on the last day of withdrawals.
Sena leader Arvind Nerkar said the party had "boycotted"
the election to protest EC`s decision to issue three separate
notifications for the bypolls.
Deshmukh contested the seat vacated by Union Power
Minister Sushilkumar Shinde who was elected to the Lok Sabha
from Solapur constituency.
Govindrao Adik and Ranjitsinh Mohite Patil contested the
seats vacated by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and
Supriya Sule, daughter of Sharad Pawar.
The Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant in Rajasthan after BJP
leader Jaswant Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha.
In Haryana, the bypoll arose following the resignation of
former Union Minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj after he was made