RS polls: CPM to abstain, JD(U) to support BJP
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Last Updated: Monday, June 14, 2010, 20:28
Jaipur: With five candidates vying for four Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan, the Janata Dal (United) today announced support for BJP candidates and the CPI-M decided to abstain from voting.

The CPI-M, with three MLAs, would boycott the polls as the party was dead against the policies of the ruling Congress and the Opposition BJP in the state, Legislature Party leader Amraram said here.

"Moreover, our party does not want to vote for Santosh Bagrodia who is contesting as an Independent and is supported by the Congress," he said.

Janata Dal (U) General Secretary Chandraj Singhvi said "party's lone MLA Fateh Singh will support the BJP nominee as we are a constituent of the NDA."

"Sharad Yadav, our party president, has directed the MLA to support the BJP in RS polls," he said.

"The JD-U is with us," Rajasthan BJP president Arun Chaturvedi said adding the Nitish-Modi stand-off over the advertisement row in Bihar would not cast its shadow on the RS polls here.

Union Minister Anand Sharma and Ashaq Ali Tak, both Congress, legal luminary Ram Jethmalani and V P Singh, both of the BJP, and businessman Bagrodia are vying for four RS berths from the state.

The polling for four seats is slated for June 17.

In the 200-seat House, the ruling Congress has 102 members, BJP (79), CPI-M (3), JD-U(1), Loktantrik Samajwadi Party (1) and SP (1).

There are 13 Independents, of which ten have been supporting the Congress.

With reported differences in BJP over Jethmalani's nomination, the Congress is backing Bagrodia who is contesting as an Independent.

Each candidate requires 41 first preference votes to win the seat.

With two BJP aspirants in the race, the saffron party needs a total of 82 first preference votes to win the seats.

"With three CPI-M MLAs to abstain, BJP's chances to bag both the seats have brightened," Chaturvedi said.


First Published: Monday, June 14, 2010, 20:28

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