BSP wrests Rajya Sabha seat from SP in UP

BSP leader Naresh Agarwal has been elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from a seat in Uttar Pradesh held by Samajwadi Party.

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2010, 15:41 PM IST

Lucknow: BSP leader Naresh Agarwal has been elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from a seat in Uttar Pradesh held by Samajwadi Party.

Agarwal was declared elected by Returning Officer and special secretary to the Vidhan Sabha N K Sinha in the bypoll, Vidhan Sabha sources here said today.

The seat had fallen vacant following the death of SP leader Janeshwar Misra.

Agarwal`s tenure will end on April 2, 2012, the date when Mishra was to have retired.

Agarwal, a former minister in the Mulayam Singh government, had joined BSP after it came to power in the state and had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Farrukhabad.

PTI