The Rajya Sabha election results have come as a morale booster for the ruling National Democratic Alliance.
Rajya Sabha polls for 57 seats were held across 15 states. While 41 members in 11 states were elected unopposed, elections were held for 16 seats in four states on Friday due to the presence of more contestants than the available vacancies in each of these states.
The BJP managed to retain 22 of the 24 Rajya Sabha seats it held in the biennial polls and also ensured the victory of an independent, underlining its pull among unaffiliated legislators and disaffected lawmakers in opposition camp.
The BJP’s better-than-expected show have again highlighted dissension and lack of cohesion in the opposition ranks from Maharashtra to Karnataka and Haryana.
The party’s gamble to force a contest in these states besides Rajasthan by backing independents or putting its own candidates to benefit from division in the ranks of its rivals have paid dividends as it bagged one extra seat each in all states barring Rajasthan.
(With inputs from agencies)