Congress wins 3 seats, BJP 1 in Karnataka Rajya Sabha polls

Polling ends for 25 Rajya Sabha seats in six states

Polling ends for 25 Rajya Sabha seats in six states

At the same time, it engineered defections within the SP. SP's senior leader Naresh Agrawal and his son and MLA from Hardoi, Nitin Agrawal, joined the BJP in this interim period. It also wrested from Congress a seat each in Uttarakhand and Haryana. By managing the cross-voting turncoats for the BJP's ninth candidate, UP CM Yogi Adityanath has redeemed himself after the BJP lost not only the Phoolpur seat vacated by his deputy, Keshav Maurya, but also Gorakhpur which he had won in 2014 but quit in 2017 to take over as CM.

In Uttar Pradesh, the party ensured the defeat of the Bahujan Samaj Party's candidate Bhimrao Ambedkar, with BSP leader Anil Kumar Singh voting for Anil Agarwal, a BJP-backed independent candidate.

One candidate each of the ruling BJP and main opposition Congress will cross swords for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Chhattisgarh. There was also last minute drama in Jharkhand, with the returning officer denying the election certificate to the victorious Congress candidate Dheeraj Sahu amidst allegations that he was acting under pressure.

"I have voted for BJP, I do not know about the rest", Singh told ANI on Friday.

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BJP polling agent J PS Rathore said on Friday night that Jaitley got 39 votes, to get elected to the RS.

By-election was held in Kerala after sitting legislator from Janata Dal (United), MP Veerendra Kumar, resigned in December 2017 in protest of Nitish Kumar joining hands with the NDA. SP with 47 MLAs had enough for Jaya Bachchan.

While the BSP candidate Bhimrao Ambedkar got 33 votes - short by four - in the first preference votes against 22 of the BJP, the ruling party nominee was declared victor on the basis of second preference votes.

But the maximum gain that the party made was in Uttar Pradesh where it wrested nine seats of the 10. A second reverse would have not only raised questions about his high-risk "go-for-jugular" style but, more importantly, would have helped SP-BSP amplify the perception of recovery in the wake of by poll successes. But it seemed that the contest would be a close neck-to-neck between the ninth BJP and the BSP candidate in fray and the counting process could go up the several round of preference votes.

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The opposition parties moved the poll panel against two MLAs who are believed to have cross-voted. Full of suspense and charges of horse trading, elections in Jharkhand led to both BJP and Congress winning one seat each. SP had six of the 10 seats in UP.

He added that he could not be sure that Anil Singh had voted for the BSP candidate.

The elections for the 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh was full of dramatic twists amidst reports of cross voting, delay in counting and votes being deemed invalid by the Election Commission.

Backed by the Asaduddin Owaisi's party, AIMIM, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) won all the three seats. BJD won all the three seats in Odisha, an improvement of one seat.

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The Congress' numbers in the Upper House decreased to 50 seats from the earlier 54.

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