RS polls: CPM to abstain, JD(U) to support BJP
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.
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