Rajya Sabha Election Highlights: BJP Wins Big After Counting Delayed For 8 Hours

Rajya Sabha Polls: The Congress retained three seats in Rajasthan, but suffered setback in Haryana. In Maharashtra, the ruling alliance suffered a jolt.

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Rajya Sabha Elections 2022: The Bharatiya Janata Party registered a win in three of the four states where elections were held for 16 Rajya Sabha seats. The Congress retained three seats in Rajasthan, but suffered setback in Haryana. In Maharashtra, the ruling alliance suffered a jolt.

HD Deve Gowda's Janata Dal (Secular), whose home base is Karnataka, did not win a single seat in the Rajya Sabha election from the state today. BJP's Nirmala Sitharaman, Jaggesh and Lehar Singh Siroya took three out of the four seats, while the Congress's Jairam Ramesh won the only remaining seat.

In Haryana, there was midnight drama that ended in Congress heartbreak. After tweeting that Ajay Maken has won, the Congress had to delete the tweet when in recounting, BJP-backed media baron Kartikeya Shamra emerged the winner.

In Rajasthan, the Congress won three of the four Rajya Sabha seats it contested. One seat has gone to the BJP. A closely watched contest marked with cross-voting and defections -- was held on 16 seats across four states.

At least 41 candidates have already been elected unopposed. The Upper House election will be crucial in view of the Presidential elections which is scheduled to be held on 18 July.

Here are the Highlights on Rajya Sabha Elections 2022:

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Jun 11, 2022 04:37 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Elections: Huge Loss For Team Thackeray, BJP Scoops 6th Seat In Maharashtra
Maharashtra's ruling alliance suffered a massive setback today with the BJP winning a third seat in the state in straight fight against the Shiv Sena.
Jun 11, 2022 04:18 (IST)
It's a victory of democracy, says Haryana Chief Minister
It's a matter of happiness for us. I thank all the MLAs for making Krishan Lal Panwar and Kartikeya Sharma win. It's a victory of democracy. I'm hopeful that both of them will raise the matters related to Haryana's people in the House, says Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Jun 11, 2022 04:06 (IST)
Rajya Sabha 2022 election results
Results for all 16 seats are in

Maharashtra (6 Seats) | MVA: 3, BJP: 3
Rajasthan (4 Seats)  | Cong: 3, BJP: 1
Karnataka (4 Seats)  | BJP: 3, Cong: 1  
Haryana (2 Seats)     | BJP: 1, Independent (backed by BJP): 1
Jun 11, 2022 03:55 (IST)
Jun 11, 2022 03:35 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Polls: BJP wins 2, Congress and NCP get 1 seat each
The Election Commission has announced the results of four of the six seats in Maharashtra. The winners are as follows: BJP's Piyush Goyal (48 votes), BJP's Anil Bonde (48 votes), Congress leader Imran Pratapgarhi (44 votes) and NCP's Praful Patel (43 votes).
Jun 11, 2022 03:16 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Elections: After Celebration, Congress Says Ajay Maken Loses To BJP-Backed Media Baron
The Congress had a short-lived victory celebration for its leader Ajay Maken, who the party tweeted has won the Rajya Sabha election in Haryana. However, the party deleted the tweet minutes later after a recount was called by the Election Commission.
Jun 11, 2022 02:53 (IST)
Shiv Sena questions EC's decision to reject vote of its MLA in Rajya Sabha election
Objecting to the Election Commission's decision to ask the returning officer in Maharashtra to reject vote cast by Shiv Sena legislator Suhas Kande in the Rajya Sabha poll, party spokesperson Manisha Kayande on Saturday sought to know the reason behind the poll body's decision.
Jun 11, 2022 02:28 (IST)
Congress Tweets Ajay Maken Wins, Recounting On In Haryana

The Congress has tweeted that Ajay Maken has won in Haryana, however, the recounting is on.
Jun 11, 2022 01:19 (IST)
Counting Begins In Maharashtra After 8-Hour Delay
After 8-hour delay, counting begins in Maharashtra. Citing rule violation, the BJP had asked that counting be stopped, while the Shiv Sena had appealed that votes be counted on Saturday morning.
Jun 11, 2022 01:13 (IST)
Counting Begins In Haryana
The Election Commission has rejected the BJP's demand to declare the votes of Congress MLAs BB Batra and Kiran Choudhry invalid. Both votes will be counted towards final results. The voting is underway.
Jun 11, 2022 00:05 (IST)
Stop Counting Haryana, Maharashtra Votes: BJP Appeals, Cites Rule Violation
A delegation led by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi complained to the Election Commission about alleged violation of voting rules in Maharashtra and Haryana and urged it to declare this election as null and void.

"A delegation of BJP met with ECI today regarding RS elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. Our party has submitted complaints in specific states as well. We have asked that this election be declared null and void on basis of broken rules of secrecy in voting," Mr Naqvi told reporters.

"We have urged the ECI to look into the matter and stop the counting," he added.
Jun 10, 2022 21:30 (IST)
Rajasthan Politics Easiest, Said Zee's Subhash Chandra - Before Losing
Hours before the Rajasthan Rajya Sabha election results, media baron Subhash Chandra had declared that "Rajasthan politics is the easiest". Mr Chandra, an independent candidate backed by the BJP, lost the election.

The Zee chairman, whose current Rajya Sabha term ends on August 1, made an eleventh hour entry into the contest for four seats in Rajasthan.

His rival, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari, won the seat. Mukul Wasnik and Randeep Surjewala won two more seats for the Congress. The BJP won one seat. Read here

Jun 10, 2022 20:53 (IST)
Karnataka Rajya Sabha Election Winners

Karnataka Rajya Sabha election winners:
Nirmala Sitharaman (BJP, 46)
Jaggesh (BJP, 44)
Jairam Ramesh (Congress, 46)
Jun 10, 2022 20:52 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Polls: BJP Wins 3 Seats, 1 Goes To Congress In Karnataka
The BJP wins 3 seats in Karnataka, while the Congress managed to score one. 
Jun 10, 2022 20:39 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Polls: In Haryana, Counting Yet To Begin
Haryana is yet to begin counting votes for the Rajya Sabha polls.
Jun 10, 2022 20:33 (IST)
Congress Got More Votes Than They Anticipated In Rajasthan
Congress manages to get more votes that it hoped for its candidates from Rajasthan in Rajya Sabha polls.
Jun 10, 2022 20:20 (IST)
"Befitting Reply": Congress' Ashok Gehlot After Party Secures Win On All 3 Seats
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashk Gehlot wasted no time in sending a message to rival BJP soon after his party secured wins on all three Rajya Sabha seats it contested.

"It was clear from the beginning that the Congress had the required majority for all three seats. But BJP tried horse trading by fielding an independent. The solidarity of our MLAs has given a befitting reply to this effort. The BJP will face a similar defeat in the 2023 assembly elections as well," Mr Gehlot posted on Twitter.
Jun 10, 2022 20:15 (IST)
Media Baron And BJP-Backed Subhas Chandra Loses

BJP-backed Independent candidate and media baron Subhash Chandra lost his Rajya Sabha bid after he lost in Rajasthan.
Jun 10, 2022 20:11 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Polls: 3 Congress Candidates, 1 BJP Candidate Win In Rajasthan
Rajya Sabha elections winners from Rajasthan:
41 (Congress) Pramod Tiwari
42 (Congress) Mukul Wasnik
43 (Congress) Randeep Singh Surjewala
43 (BJP) Ghanshyam Tiwari

Jun 10, 2022 20:03 (IST)
"No Breach": BJP Demand To Cancel 2 Congress Votes In Haryana Rejected
As voting ended for two Rajya Sabha seats in Haryana this evening, the ruling BJP sought the cancellation of votes cast by Congress MLAs Kiran Choudhary and BB Batra, alleging that they showed their preference of votes to several people other than the party agent, in violation of secrecy.

Soon after the last vote was cast around 5 pm, a BJP delegation of Union ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Jitendra Singh met with the election officer with their complaint. The poll returning officer, however, said there was no violation in voting. Read here
Jun 10, 2022 18:38 (IST)
BJP Alleges Poll Code Violation By 3 MLAs Of Maharashtra's Ruling Coalition

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday alleged a violation of the poll code by three MLAs of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in the Rajya Sabha elections in Maharashtra and urged the Returning Officer to hold their votes invalid. The BJP demanded that the votes of NCP leader Jitendra Awhad, Congress leader Yashomati Thakur and Shiv Sena's Suhas Kande be declared invalid.
Jun 10, 2022 17:52 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Polls: Tough Fight In 4 States
The toughest fights are taking place in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Haryana where MLAs had been corralled to resorts to prevent poaching.
Jun 10, 2022 16:58 (IST)
2 Bharatiya Tribal Party MLAs Vote In Favour Of Congress In Rajya Sabha Polls
After casting his vote in favour of Congress in Rajya Sabha polls, Bharatiya Tribal Party legislator Rajkumar Roat on Friday targeted its own party chief Velaram Ghoghra, saying he has become "old" to understand the issues.  BTP legislators, Roat and Ramprasad Dindor voted in support of the ruling Congress candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls on Friday going against their party chief who had issued whip to its MLAs to not take part in the election process.
Jun 10, 2022 16:24 (IST)
"To Defeat BJP...": Asaduddin Owaisi's Party's Big Rajya Sabha Poll Move

The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has decided to vote in favour of the Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls from Maharashtra being held on Friday. Seven candidates are contesting for the six seats from Maharashtra where polling is being held today. Read here
Jun 10, 2022 15:17 (IST)
Bombay HC refuses immediate relief to Nawab Malik to cast vote in Rajya Sabha elections
The Bombay High Court on Friday refused to hear the amended petition filed by Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik seeking permission to cast his vote in the Rajya Sabha elections.

Earlier in the day, the bench of Justice Bharati Dangare denied immediate relief to jailed Malik.

The court said that this petition is wrong and asked him to approach with an amended application before an appropriate bench.
Jun 10, 2022 15:11 (IST)
Subhash Chandra: A Vote Slip Held In Hand Sparks A Fight In Rajasthan Rajya Sabha Polls
A BJP MLA's vote in the tense Rajya Sabha race in Rajasthan triggered a controversy as media baron Subhash Chandra demanded that it be declared "invalid", alleging that a BJP poll observer had held the vote slip.
Jun 10, 2022 15:02 (IST)
Two JD(S) MLA votes for Congress
The JD(S) leadership on Friday claimed at least two disgruntled MLAs did not vote in favour of its candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls for four seats from Karnataka, defying the party's diktat, with one of its legislators admitting he did so since he "loved" voting for the Congress nominee.

The regional party's Kolar MLA K Srinivas Gowda cast his vote for the Congress candidate, while Gubbi MLA S R Srinivas put a blank ballot paper into the box, which will be counted as invalid, JD(S) legislature party leader H D Kumaraswamy said, fuming at his colleagues.
Jun 10, 2022 14:40 (IST)
Jun 10, 2022 14:18 (IST)
Rajasthan BJP MLA Shobha Rani Kushwaha accused of cross-voting
Rajasthan BJP MLA Shobha Rani Kushwaha was accused of voting for the Congress
Jun 10, 2022 14:06 (IST)
Jun 10, 2022 13:58 (IST)
"Because I Love Congress...": MLA On Cross-Voting Charge In Karnataka
Srinivas Gowda was asked whom he voted for as he was leaving the assembly complex. "I voted Congress," he said. Asked why, he kept it brief, "Because I love it." He has said that he will quit the HD Kumaraswamy-led JD(S) and join the Congress.
Jun 10, 2022 13:51 (IST)
Polling Concludes in Haryana
89 MLAs have voted in Haryana so far; the state has a 90-member Assembly. While one Independent, Balraj Kundu, said he has abstained from voting.
Jun 10, 2022 13:38 (IST)
Kumaraswamy alleges horse trading bid in Karnataka
 Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Kumaraswamy on Friday alleged "horse-trading" in the Karnataka Rajya Sabha elections claiming that Congress leader Siddaramaiah was pressurising JDS MLAs to not vote for their own party but that of the candidate of the grand old party.

"Yes, definitely. He is pressurising them not to vote for JD(S)," Kumaraswamy told media persons on being asked about Siddaramaiah's claims that some JD(S) MLAs were in touch with him.
Jun 10, 2022 13:26 (IST)
41 MPs across party lines were elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha
Jun 10, 2022 13:08 (IST)
Haryana Congress Leader Kuldeep Bishnoi Votes for Ajay Maken
Congress leader Kuldeep Vats claimed that Kuldeep Bishnoi, who was reportedly miffed with the party for ignoring him in the recent reshuffle in its state unit, has voted for Ajay Maken.

"I have voted as per my conscience," Mr Bishnoi told reporters after casting his vote.
Jun 10, 2022 12:51 (IST)
In Karnataka, JDS MLA Srinivasa Gowda claims he voted for Congress
 Karnataka JDS MLA K Srinivasa Gowda on Friday said that he voted in favour of Congress as the polling for the Rajya Sabha for four Rajya Sabha seats is underway. After casting his vote, Gowda said, "I have voted for Congress.. because I love it."
Jun 10, 2022 12:46 (IST)
Will Know By 7 PM: Huge Suspense In Shiv Sena vs BJP Rajya Sabha Fight
The race for six Maharashtra seats in the Rajya Sabha elections goes down to the wire today with seven candidates for six seats and a majority still eluding rival candidates for the sixth seat.
Jun 10, 2022 12:21 (IST)
3 In Haryana Race For 2 Rajya Sabha Seats, Congress Has Fingers Crossed
In Haryana, there are three candidates for the two Rajya Sabha seats - BJP's Krishan Lal Panwar, Congress's Ajay Maken, and Kartikeya Sharma, who is the son of former Union minister Venod Sharma
Jun 10, 2022 11:51 (IST)
4-Vote Boost For Congress In Close Rajasthan Rajya Sabha Fight
The Congress has fielded Randeep Surjewala, Mukul Wasnik and Pramod Tiwari while the BJP has fielded Ghanshyam Tiwari while the BJP has supported independent candidate Subhash Chandra.
Jun 10, 2022 11:30 (IST)
In Karnataka Rajya Sabha Polls Race, Fourth Seat Fight Holds All The Suspense
Voting is underway in the Rajya Sabha polls for four seats from Karnataka, amid suspense over the fourth seat that has led to a heated contest between the two major opposition parties -- Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular). JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswa
Jun 10, 2022 11:03 (IST)
Rajasthan Polls: 40% of votes for Rajya Sabha polls cast till 10.30 am
 Nearly 40 per cent of the votes for the Rajya Sabha elections have been cast by 10.30 am in Rajasthan. The voting started at 9 am in the assembly building and will continue till 4 pm. Counting will start at 5 pm, an official spokesperson said.

Jun 10, 2022 10:46 (IST)
Turncoat BSP MLAs caste their vote in RS polls in Rajasthan, voting underway for four seats
BSP-turned-Congress MLAs, who had expressed resentment with the ruling Congress government in Rajasthan, were among those who cast their votes as soon as the voting began for the Rajya Sabha elections for the four seats in the state on Friday morning.
Jun 10, 2022 10:07 (IST)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai casts his vote at Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru
Jun 10, 2022 09:43 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Polls: Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM MLAs To Vote For Congress Candidate In Maharashtra
The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has decided to vote in favour of the Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls from Maharashtra being held on Friday.
Jun 10, 2022 09:37 (IST)
 "Our 13 independent MLAs are with Congress. We have 126 votes, and all three candidates of Congress will win": Rajendra Guda, former BSP MLA who later joined Congress
Jun 10, 2022 09:28 (IST)
All four candidates of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) will win. We have full support, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut 
Jun 10, 2022 09:17 (IST)
Jun 10, 2022 09:07 (IST)
AIMIM MLAs to vote for Congress candidate in Rajya Sabha polls
The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has decided to vote in favour of the Congress candidate in fray for the Rajya Sabha polls from Maharashtra being held on Friday.
The announcement was made by AIMIM Lok Sabha member from Aurangabad Imtiaz Jaleel hours before the polling slated from 9 am.
Jun 10, 2022 08:51 (IST)
Jun 10, 2022 08:46 (IST)
Jun 10, 2022 08:36 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Polls: Internet Suspended In Jaipur's Amer Area Amid Poaching Fears
Rajasthan Congress MLAs were moved from Udaipur to Jaipur ahead of the voting for the Rajya Sabha elections that are slated to be held on Friday and party leaders are hoping to secure three seats in the Upper House of the parliament.
Jun 10, 2022 07:42 (IST)
Voting In Crucial Rajya Sabha Polls Today, Tight Contest In 4 States: 10 Points
Elections will be held to fill 16 vacant seats in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of parliament, today. 41 candidates have been elected unopposed. The election will be crucial in view of the Presidential elections due in July.
Jun 10, 2022 07:00 (IST)
Special Observers In 4 States, Polling To Be Videographed
Amid allegations of attempts at horse-trading in the Rajya Sabha elections in four states, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on Thursday said special observers have been appointed to oversee the poll process which will be videographed.
Jun 10, 2022 06:16 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Polls: Internet Suspended In Jaipur's Amer Area Amid Poaching Fears
Fearing poaching of legislators ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections, the Rajasthan government on Thursday ordered the suspension of internet services in the Amer area of Jaipur district for 12 hours till 9 am on Friday, where Congress MLAs are staying after they returned from Udaipur.