TRS wins all three Rajya Sabha seats from Telangana

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

For the lone seat in Chhattisgarh, the BJP's Saroj Pandey was elected, defeating Lekhram Sahu of the Congress.

"I would like to tell BJP that their malpractices will not succeed in breaking the ties between SP and BSP".

The battle of Karnataka was, however, won by Congress with 3 seats whereas BJP had to be satisfied with only one.

Thirty-three candidates from ten States, including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha had already been declared elected unopposed on March 15.

The winning candidates are - Arun Jaitley (BJP), GVL Narasimha Rao (BJP), Anil Jain (BJP), Sakal Deep Rajbhar (BJP), Harinath Singh Yadav (BJP), Ashok Bajpai (BJP), Anil Agarwal (BJP), Kanta Kardam (BJP), Vijaypal Singh Tomar (BJP) and Jaya Bachchan (SP). "It was more out of the political compulsions of the BSP facing existential crisis then allying with the SP to stop the BJP", said a political analyst.

The saffron party's strength in the 245-member house will go from the current 58 to 69.

Voting ended at 3 pm, an hour ahead of schedule, but there were dramatic scenes later on.

As far as the Rajya Sabha is concerned, BJP is now the largest party in the Upper House though still short of the majority mark. The Congress won three out of four seats - a gain of two - in Karnataka, while the BJP's strength was reduced to only one seat. Akhilesh Yadav also tweeted his thanks to Raja Bhaiyya for his vote in favour of the SP candidate. Syed Nasser Hussain received 42 votes while Rajeev Chandrasekhar received 50 votes. The four Trinamool candidates are sitting Rajya Sabha member Nadimul Haque and first time nominees Subhasish Chakraborty, Abir Biswas and Santanu Sen.

An MLA of the Nishad Party voted for the BJP. The Left Democratic Front backed him. BSP, which had 19 votes of its own, hoped to get its candidate to the upper house with the support of SP, three independent MLAs, and other smaller parties.

The fourth candidate, former union minister P Balram Naik (Congress), who polled ten votes lost the election.

The Congress will take the outcome of the Rajya Sabha polls to the coming Assembly poll campaign.

The BJP saw 28 of its candidates win in the polls held on Friday, with 17 members retiring. Elections on the remaining 58 seats were held because those holding them will retire in April.

In Telangana, TRS candidates B Prakash, B Lingaiah Yadav and J Santosh Kumar were elected to the Rajya Sabha. Balaram obtained 10 votes, official sources said tonight.

Like other states, elections in Jharkhand were not bereft of charges of horsetrading and it gathered steam after JVM MLA Prakash Ram cast his vote and did not show it to the party's polling agent.

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