Rajya Sabha Election 2018 Highlights: Amit Shah Beats Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav In Uttar Pradesh Rajya Sabha Thriller

Rajya Sabha election 2018: Legislators from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana are voting today.

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Rajya Sabha Election 2018 Highlights: Amit Shah Beats Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav In Uttar Pradesh Rajya Sabha Thriller

Rajya Sabha Election Result: Amit Shah beat Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh. (File photo)

New Delhi:  The BJP emerged victorious after beating the super alliance of arch rivals SP and BSP in Uttar Pradesh in one of the most-awaited poll results. While Amit Shah beat Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, Anil Agarwal defeated BSP's Bhim Rao. The BJP won 9 seats while Samajwadi Party's Jaya Bachchan won one seat with 38 votes. Counting for the Rajya Sabha elections 2018 took place in seven states today. For the 59 Rajya Sabha seats to be filled, 33 candidates from 10 states were declared elected unopposed. Results of West Bengal, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh had already come in by the time the results for Uttar Pradesh were announced. While the Trinamool Congress won 4 seats in West Bengal, BJP's Saroj Pandey won a seat from Chhattisgarh. Seven union ministers including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar were elected unopposed last week. Counting of ballots will happen at 5 pm, an hour after voting ends. The counting of the votes have begun and is expected to take over an hour. 


Here are the highlights of Rajya Sabha election result 2018:

 

Mar 24, 2018
00:21 (IST)
After midnight drama, contentious Jharkhand seat goes to Congress. Dheeraj Sahu defeats BJP's Pradeep Santhalia. 
Mar 24, 2018
00:03 (IST)
Mar 23, 2018
23:10 (IST)
Mar 23, 2018
23:06 (IST)
The wise must learn from the bump and not fall in a ditch: Yogi Adityanath

"The wise must learn from the bump and not fall in a ditch. We thank all leaders of our ally parties who have supported BJP candidates. I express my gratitude to all who have supported us. I thank Piyush Goyal ji who came down to advise us. The state unit of BJP will take the campaign forward under the leadership of the Prime Minister and BJP National President," Yogi Adityanath said. 


Mar 23, 2018
23:03 (IST)
"People have seen opportunistic face of Samajwadi Party": Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath congratulated all the BJP candidates of his party who won in the polls, while addressing the media today. "9 candidates of the BJP have won and I congratulate them from the heart. I also thank the union minister from the centre who came here to support us. People of the state have once again seen the opportunistic face of the Samajwadi Party. It can take from others but can't give back."

Mar 23, 2018
23:01 (IST)
Yogi Adityanath addresses the media after UP poll results 

Mar 23, 2018
22:58 (IST)

Mar 23, 2018
22:55 (IST)
PM Modi congratulates Rajya Sabha poll winners 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his wishes to all the winners of the Rajya Sabha polls, following the declaration of results. 


 
Mar 23, 2018
22:53 (IST)
Yogi Adityanath to hold a press conference shortly

Mar 23, 2018
22:39 (IST)
While Amit Shah beat Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav, BJP's Anil Agarwal defeated BSP's Bhim Rao. 
Mar 23, 2018
22:28 (IST)
BJP wins 9 seats from Uttar Pradesh in Rajya Sabha Elections 2018

Amit Shah emerged victorious after beating the super alliance of arch rivals Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav alliance in Uttar Pradesh in one of the most awaited poll results.  The party won 9 seats while Samajwadi Party's Jaya Bachchan won one seat with 38 votes. 
Mar 23, 2018
21:59 (IST)
BJP has won 8 seats in the Rajya Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh while the Samajwadi Party's Jaya Bachchan won one seat with 38 votes. BSP candidate BR Ambedkar got 32 votes while BJP's ninth candidate Anil Agarwal got 21-22 votes of first preference. Counting of second preference votes is underway in Uttar Pradesh. 
Mar 23, 2018
21:39 (IST)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi Wins All Three Rajya Sabha Seats In The State

Telangana's ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) bagged all three Rajya Sabha seats for which polling was held on Friday.
Mar 23, 2018
21:29 (IST)
Mar 23, 2018
21:21 (IST)
Mar 23, 2018
21:11 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Elections 2018: BJP's Saroj Pandey Wins From Chhattisgarh
BJP national general secretary Saroj Pandey won the lone Rajya Sabha seat for which polling was held in Chhattisgarh today, defeating Congress rival Lekhram Sahu.
Mar 23, 2018
21:06 (IST)
Congress wins 3 seats in Karnataka, BJP wins one 
Mar 23, 2018
21:01 (IST)
Results for six states announced, counting still underway in Uttar Pradesh 

While the results for Telangana, West Bengal, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand are out, the Uttar Pradesh Rajya Sabha election 2018 verdict is yet to be announced. It is one of the most-awaited verdict as rivals Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav have joined hands to give BJP a tough fight. 
Mar 23, 2018
20:46 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Elections 2018: Race Narrows Down To UP High-Stakes Battle, Mayawati vs BJP
The race for a single Rajya Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh became a thriller on Friday as Mayawati faced the manoeuvrers of a BJP out for revenge after she helped the Samajwadi Party (SP) win two of its safest parliamentary seats just days ago.
Mar 23, 2018
20:41 (IST)
Setback for BJP in Jharkhand as Congress candidate wins

Congress candidate Dheeraj Sahu won in Jharkhand after defeating BJP's second candidate Pradeep Santhalia. However, the party's first candidate Sameer Oraoan won. 

Mar 23, 2018
20:36 (IST)
EC rejects complaint against Vikas Morcha MLA Prakash Ram

The Election Commission has rejected the complaint against Jharkhand Vikas Morcha MLA Prakash Ram after reviewing the video. The Congress has alleged that he did not show his ballot paper to the party's authorised representative after casting his vote. 

Mar 23, 2018
20:15 (IST)
TRS wins all three Rajya Sabha seats in Telangana

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi or TRS has bagged all three seats in Rajya Sabha election 2018 in the state. B Prakash, J Santosh Kumar and AB Lingaiah Yadav were elected to the Upper House. Congress candidate and former union minister P Balram Naik was defeated. A total of 108 members of the assembly voted. Mr Prakash secured 33 votes while Santosh Kumar and Mr Yadav polled 32 votes each. The Congress candidate got only 10 votes as independent member D Prakash Reddy's vote was declared invalid by the Election Commission.
Mar 23, 2018
20:00 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Election Result 2018: In UP Rajya Sabha Thriller, Counting Begins After Delay Amid Allegations

There are 11 candidates for the 10 Rajya Sabha seats and 37 first preference votes are needed for each seat. The BJP has enough lawmakers to win eight seats comfortably and the Samajwadi Party has enough to win one. The BJP is trying to win a ninth seat, challenging Mayawati.
Mar 23, 2018
19:46 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee flashes victory sign after the declaration of the Rajya Sabha election 2018 results in West Bengal. Four of the Trinamool Congress' candidates won in the polls, the results for which were announced today evening. While Congress' Abhishek Manu Singhvi won a seat as well, CPM suffered a defeat in the polls. 


Mar 23, 2018
19:30 (IST)
Counting of votes for Rajya Sabha polls begins in Karnataka. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had earlier said today that he was confident of the Congress winning all the three seats. 
Mar 23, 2018
19:21 (IST)
"Win result of cooperation between different groups and MLAs": Abhishek Manu Singhvi 
 
Following his win in the Rajya Sabha election 2018 from West Bengal, Congress's Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that it was humbling and uplifting and "it is a result of cooperation between different groups and MLAs." Yesterday, Mr Singhvi had said that CPM's allegations of inconsistency in his age mentioned in the affidavits for the coming polls, as malicious and unfounded and alleged that they are demanding to scrap his candidature, to avoid obvious defeat. Mr Singhvi said CPM is baselessly referring to a 2006 age declaration form with a "typographical error" that has no significance in 2018.


Mar 23, 2018
19:17 (IST)
"Priority to fight against corruption", says TMC's Subhasish Chakraborty

Trinamool Congress candidate Subhasish Chakraborty, who won the Rajya Sabha election today, said that he believed in democracy and that his priority would be to fight against corruption. "I do believe in democracy. My priority will be to fight against corruption," said Mr Chakraborty, after the results were declared. 
Mar 23, 2018
19:13 (IST)
M P Veerendra Kumar elected to Rajya Sabha from Kerala

The state president of the Janata Dal United Sharad Yadav faction, M P Veerendra Kumar, was today elected to the Rajya Sabha from Kerala. Mr Kumar, supported by the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF, polled 89 votes, while B Babu Prasad the opposition UDF candidate got 40 votes in the election held to one seat from the state mnews agency PTI reported. The election was held after the seat fell vacant when Mr Kumar resigned from the upper house of parliament as a mark of protest against JDU leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar joining hands with BJP-led NDA. In the 140-member assembly, the LDF has 90 MLAs while the UDF 41 legislators. One vote of the LDF supported candidate was declared invalid.
Mar 23, 2018
19:08 (IST)
Counting of votes Rajya Sabha polls resumes in Uttar Pradesh

Counting of votes for Rajya Sabha elections 2018 in Uttar Pradesh began after clearance from the Election Commission. The counting had been stopped in Uttar Pradesh after complaints by Samajwadi Party, BSP against lawmakers who cross-voted. The parties say that those who cross-voted did not disclose their ballots to the counting agents of the respective parties which is the norm.
Mar 23, 2018
19:04 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh: TDP leader CM Ramesh unanimously elected to Rajya Sabha 

TDP leader CM Ramesh unanimously elected to Rajya Sabha consecutively. The ruling Telugu Desam Party announced its decision to field Mr Ramesh and K Ravindra Kumar for two of the three Rajya Sabha seats from Andhra Pradesh. Initially, the TDP was planning to field candidates for the three Rajya Sabha seats which will fall vacant on April 2.
Mar 23, 2018
19:00 (IST)
West Bengal polls: 4 TMC candidates win by 50 votes, Congress' Abhishek Manu Singhvi wins with 43; CMP loses 

All four candidates of the Trinamool Congress won in the Rajya Sabha polls with 50 votes while Congress' Abhishek Manu Singhvi won by 43 votes while CPM's Robin Dev lost after scoring 30 votes. 
Mar 23, 2018
18:30 (IST)
After the Election Commission of India or ECI received a complaint by the All India Congress Committee over Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Prakash Ram, who cross- voted, the Commission said "further view will be taken after receiving Returning Officer's report". 
Mar 23, 2018
18:24 (IST)
BJP will win under the leadership of PM Modi and Amit Shah, party candidate Saroj Pandey, who won the Rajya Sabha seat from Chhattisgarh told news agency ANI. 


Mar 23, 2018
18:21 (IST)

Raman Singh congratulates Saroj Pandey on poll win 

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh congratulated Saroj Pandey for her win in the Rajya Sabha election. "BJP got more votes this time. I thank all the MLAs and congratulate Saroj Pandey. We've got a good candidate to represent the state," Mr Singh said. BJP's Saroj Pandey was contesting against Congress' Lekhram Sahu.

Mar 23, 2018
18:13 (IST)
BJP's Saroj Pandey wins Rajya Sabha Election from Chhattisgarh

BJP's Saroj Pandey wins Rajya Sabha Election from Chhattisgarh after beating Congress' Lekhram Sahu. While the BJP got 51 votes, Congress won 36. The BJP in the state congratulated Ms Pandey on winning the seat. "Congratulations on becoming a Rajya Sabha member" the party posted on Twitter. 


Mar 23, 2018
18:16 (IST)
The counting will now start only once the Election Commission has given a clearance, says news agency ANI.


Mar 23, 2018
18:13 (IST)
BJP's Saroj Pandey wins Rajya Sabha Election from Chhattisgarh

BJP's Saroj Pandey wins Rajya Sabha Election from Chhattisgarh after beating Congress' Lekhram Sahu. While the BJP got 51 votes, Congress won 36. The BJP in the state congratulated Ms Pandey on winning the seat. "Congratulations on becoming a Rajya Sabha member" the party posted on Twitter. 


Mar 23, 2018
18:12 (IST)
Counting stopped in UP after complaints by Samajwadi Party, BSP against lawmakers who cross-voted. The parties say that those who cross-voted did not disclose their ballots to the counting agents of the respective parties which is the norm.
Mar 23, 2018
17:47 (IST)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley nominated to the Rajya Sabha. Jaitley, who is currently a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat where he was elected in april 2012, is now contesting from Uttar Pradesh where the BJP is sure of winning 8 seats .  
Mar 23, 2018
17:37 (IST)
The declaration of results is the Rajya Sabha polls are expected to take an hour.
Mar 23, 2018
17:20 (IST)
JDS alleges foul play in Karnataka, says two Congress candidates cross-voted

The Janata Dal-Secular has said that two Congress legislators were allowed to vote for a second time after they initially cross-voted. "Election officers are working like ruling party's (Congress) agents. Two senior Congress MLAs - Kagodu Thimmappa and Baburao Chinchansur - cross -voted and were given ballot again by the returning officer to cast their votes for their nominated candidate," JD-S state president HD Kumaraswamy said in Bengaluru. Five candidates, including three from the Congress and one each from opposition Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP and the JDS are in the fray for four Upper House seats from the state.
Mar 23, 2018
17:08 (IST)
Counting begins for Rajya Sabha elections 2018
Mar 23, 2018
16:55 (IST)
AICC gives memorandum to EC, requests to cancel vote cast by MLA Prakash Ram

The All India Congress Committee or AICC has given a memorandum to the Election Commission requesting it to issue directions to the concerned Returning Officer to cancel vote cast by Jharkhand Vikas Morcha MLA Prakash Ram alleging he intentionally didn't show ballot paper and concealed the marked column.
Mar 23, 2018
16:50 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Election: Mayawati Once Jailed Him For Terror. 16 Years On, She Needs Raja Bhaiyya’s Vote
In a twist worthy of the unpredictable politics of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawatis struggle for a lone Rajya Sabha seat hinges on Raja Bhaiyya, a man she had jailed under an anti-terror law when she was chief minister.
Mar 23, 2018
16:48 (IST)
"I have not disclosed my vote": Anila Bhediya

After BJP candidate Saroj Pandey's agent accused Congress MLA Anil Bhediya of disclosing her vote and violating election norms, Ms Bhediya denied all such charges saying the allegations were baseless. "I have used my vote as per rules. I have not disclosed my vote. The allegations are baseless," she said.

Mar 23, 2018
16:44 (IST)
Congress MLA accused of disclosing vote, violating election norms

Congress lawmaker Anila Bhediya has been accused of disclosing her vote cast in a secret ballot by BJP candidate Saroj Pandey's voting agent, news agency IANS reported. 
Mar 23, 2018
14:59 (IST)
After voting, Raja Bhaiya goes to meet Yogi Adityanath in his room in assembly
Mar 23, 2018
14:19 (IST)
Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous state sends 31 members to the 245-member Rajya Sabha, and the BJP, which won a massive victory in the 2017 Assembly elections, is yet to get a lion's share of these.
Mar 23, 2018
13:45 (IST)
Karnataka Rajya Sabha Elections 2018  | Top Quotes


Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Chief Minister
  • We are confident that all 3 Congress candidates will win

 
HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S)
  • Today,  when voting started, two senior Congress leaders - one minister Kagodu Thimmappa - cross-voted and showed that they are agents.
  • Returning Officer allowed them fresh vote on fresh ballot paper. We protest this and want EC to countermand process.
  • They wanted to vote against Congress for their conscience. But Returning Officer colluded with the government.

Mar 23, 2018
13:28 (IST)
Akhilesh Yadav tweets a photo with Raja Bhaiya who said he is voting the Samajvadi Party. "Thank you for supporting Samajwadi Party," he wrote. 


Mar 23, 2018
13:20 (IST)
Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, an Independent MLA, who was cabinet minister in Akhilesh's regime addressed the media. He said, "My vote is with Akhilesh ji".

Mar 23, 2018
12:54 (IST)
Election to the five Rajya Sabha seats in West Bengal from the state was necessitated after the terms of Kunal Ghosh, Bibek Gupta and Nadimul Haque of the TMC and Tapan Sen of CPI(M) will end on April 2.
Mar 23, 2018
12:53 (IST)
West Bengal Rajya Sabha Elections 2018:

The Trinamool Congress (TMC), which has fielded four candidates--Nadimul Haque, who was renominated, Subhasish Chakraborty, Abir Biswas and Santunu Sen -- has announced its support to Congress' Singhvi for the fifth seat.
Mar 23, 2018
12:51 (IST)
In Uttar Pradesh, two jailed lawmakers - one each from the SP and BSP - who would have voted for the BSP candidate, are out for the count. Two independent candidates are likely to vote for the BSP candidate. "There will be no cross-voting, but yes, BJP MLAs will cross-vote in our favour," Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav told ANI.
Mar 23, 2018
12:50 (IST)
West Bengal Rajya Sabha Elections 2018 - 5 seats 
 
  • 50 votes needed for election of candidate
  • TMC with 213 MLAs can win 4 
  • Congress with TMC's support can win 5th seat
  • Token fight by the CPIM. The party has 26 MLAs
Mar 23, 2018
11:40 (IST)
Mar 23, 2018
11:37 (IST)
Bihar Rajya Sabha Elections 2018 | Key Faces



Mar 23, 2018
11:26 (IST)
All the nine candidates of BJP will win. Samajwadi Party insulted their worker and people will answer them for choosing a candidate that entertains the society rather than one who serves the society: BJP leader Nitin Agrawal. He is the son of Naresh Agrawal, who joined the BJP recently.
Mar 23, 2018
11:11 (IST)
Mar 23, 2018
10:56 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Elections: Smarting Over Bypoll Defeat, BJP Makes It Tough For Mayawati In Rajya Sabha
The contest for 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh was set to go down to the wire today as the BJP worked to upstage the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati, who joined forces to defeat the ruling party in two of its key parliamentary strongholds.
Mar 23, 2018
10:50 (IST)
I have voted for BJP, I don't know about the rest: BSP legislator Anil Singh: ANI
Mar 23, 2018
10:31 (IST)
Rajya Sabha election in Telangana:

  • Three vacancies and four candidates, three from TRS and one from Congress
  • Opposition BJP and TDP in Telangana to stay away from Rajya Sabha elections
  • TRS ally AIMIM has announced support to the party
  • Three TRS candidates expected to sail through

Mar 23, 2018
10:27 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Elections 2018: While the voting began at 9 am, the Congress issued a three-line whip to all its Rajya Sabha lawmakers last night, asking them to be present in the House at 11 am today in full strength and support the party's stand.
Mar 23, 2018
10:18 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Elections 2018: What's At Stake | A Quick Glance

Mar 23, 2018
10:12 (IST)
It's a matter of prestige of the Congress in Karnataka considering it is heading to state elections soon.
Mar 23, 2018
09:50 (IST)
Legislators queue up at the West Bengal assembly in Kolkata to vote ihe Rajya Sabha elections 2018. There are six candidates for the five Rajya Sabha seats from the state. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has fielded four nominees and also pledged its surplus votes to Congress's Abhishek Manu Singhvi. The Trinamool and the Congress are set to win, with the Left fighting a token contest.





Mar 23, 2018
09:45 (IST)
In Uttar Pradesh, all the 7 Congress legislators have voted for the BSP candidate.
Mar 23, 2018
09:38 (IST)
Bengaluru: Senior BJP leaders Prakash Javadekar, BS Yeddyurappa and party's Rajya Sabha candidate Rajeev Chandrashekar at the party office in Vidhan Soudha, earlier this morning.


Mar 23, 2018
09:26 (IST)
In Karnataka, where the state elections will be held in less than two months,  the ruling Congress has fielded three candidates for four seats but has enough to win two. The BJP has enough to send one candidate, Rajeev Chandrashekhar. With 32 extra votes, the Congress is hoping to win a third seat with help from rebel lawmakers of the Janata Dal (Secular).

Mar 23, 2018
09:01 (IST)
The voting in the Rajya Sabha election has begun.
Mar 23, 2018
09:00 (IST)
Contests will be held in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Telangana.
Mar 23, 2018
08:51 (IST)
Your Complete Guide To Today's Rajya Sabha Elections
Voting will be held in seven states today to fill 26 of 59 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant; 33 candidates have been elected unopposed. The BJP is expected to gain about a dozen seats in the Upper House and consolidate its position as the largest party, but it is far from a majority in the 245-member House.
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