RS polls: Jethmalani, Mallya win; BJP bags 5 seats
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 23:11
New Delhi: Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani, Union minister Anand Sharma, liquor baron Vijay Mallya and LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan were elected today to the Rajya Sabha as biennial polls for 18 seats saw a candidate of the Congress and an independent backed by it biting the dust.

The BJP finished on top bagging five seats followed by the Congress four as the Biju Janata Dal made a clean sweep in Orissa garnering all the three Upper House berths.

The JD (U) got two seats and the JMM, RJD and LJP one each.

Contrary to speculation that he might face trouble from a section of BJP MLAs who were opposed to his candidature, 87-year-old Jethmalani won on 41 first preference votes in Rajasthan. The other party candidate V P Singh also got 41 votes.

Anand Sharma and other Congress nominee Ashk Ali Tak got 51 first preference votes each.

However, Congress-backed Independent Santosh Bagrodia, a former Union minister, was humbled by a huge margin in Rajasthan securing only 11 votes against 41 first preference votes needed for victory.

In Karnataka, ruling BJP virtually joined hands with estranged coalition partner JD(S) to help independent nominee Mallya win the election and defeat one of the candidates of opposition Congress.

Mallya, who had entered the fray with the backing of 27 JD-S MLAs and an independent, won after BJP transferred all its 120 second preference votes.

BJP's M Venkaiah Naidu and Ayanur Manjunath were also declared elected along with former Union minister and Congress leader Oscar Fernandes.

The Congress which gambled on contesting the second seat by fielding senior leader T V Maruthi, despite being fully aware of its lack of strength, suffered a loss of face.

The lone independent nominee, Bangalore-based businessman B G Uday whose entry prompted the contest, polled just two votes.

In Bihar, Paswan and senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy were among the five candidates who emerged triumphant.

Others who won were Upendra Kushwaha and R C P Singh, both JD-U, and Ram Kripal Yadav (RJD).


First Published: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 23:11

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