Six candidates from Tamil Nadu declared elected to Rajya Sabha

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    Six candidates from Tamil Nadu declared elected to Rajya Sabha - The Times of India

    B Sivakumar,TNN | Jan 31, 2014, 04.58 PM IST

    CHENNAI: All six candidates from Tamil Nadu have been declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha. Though only six were left in the fray after two independent candidates' nomination were rejected, a formation communication electing the six was released by the Election Commission on Friday.

    The six elected candidates are: Sasikala Pushpa, K Selvaraj, S Muthukaruppan and Vijila Sathyanath (all AIADMK), T K Rangarajan ( CPM) and Tirchy Siva (DMK). The six will take charge on April 2.

    The vacancies were created by the retirement of G K Vasan and Jayanthi Natarajan (Congress), N Balaganga (AIADMK), A A Jinnah and Vasanthi Stanley (DMK) and T K Rangarajan (CPM). Of the retiring members, only Rangarajan has been reelected. Siva is a former member of the upper house but retired in July 2013.

    The Congress has been the loser with the party not in a position to reelect any of its retiring members as it has only five members in the assembly.

    The DMK, with 23 members, has managed to elect Siva as there was no contest, with the DMDK not participating. Each candidate needed 34 votes to be elected.

    After two consecutive years of elections to the Rajya Sabha, Tamil Nadu will have a break for a year and the next election will be held in only in 2016 when six members elected in 2011 will retire.
     
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    Five elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Bihar

    Patna: All the five candidates - three from ruling JD(U) and two from BJP were declared elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Bihar on Saturday.

    The five are - Ramnath Thakur, Harivansh, Kahkasha Parveen (all from JD(U)), C P Thakur and R K Sinha (BJP).

    All the three JD(U) candidates are new faces of the party to the Upper House of the Parliament. "They were declared elected unopposed after the time for withdrawal of nominations during the day ended," said Phool Jha, Secretary of Bihar Assembly and Returning Officer for RS polls.

    Ramnath Thakur is the son of veteran socialist leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur, while Harivansh is a journalist and editor of Hindi daily 'Prabhat Khabar'.

    Parveen hails from Muslim community. They have replaced Shivanand Tiwari, bureaucrat-turned- politician N K Singh and Shabir Ali.

    BJP's C P Thakur is a former union minister while R K Sinha has his roots in the RSS. JD(U) has 118 and BJP 91 MLAs in the assembly.

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    Rajya Sabha polls: Vijay Goel among three BJP leaders elected unopposed | NDTV.com

    Jaipur: BJP nominees Vijay Goel, Ram Narain Dudi and Narain Pachariya were today elected unopposed in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections from Rajasthan.

    As there was no contestant against them after the time of withdrawal ended, they were declared elected by Assembly Special Secretary and Returning Officer P K Shastri.

    The biennial elections for these seats were held as the sitting members - GP Pilania, Om Mathur (both BJP) and Prabha Thakur of Congress - would retire on April 9.

    In the 200-member Assembly, BJP has 163 MLAs. Congress having only 21 MLAs did not field anyone as it fell short of the requisite number to ensure victory of its candidate.

    Vijay Goel is BJP's Delhi unit chief. He was party's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi but was later replaced by Harsh Vardhan.

    Dudi was the Revenue Minister in the previous BJP regime in Rajasthan, while Pachariya is former president of the party's Jodhpur unit.
     
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    Rajya Sabha polls: Sharad Pawar, Murli Deora elected unopposed | NDTV.com

    Mumbai: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leader Murli Deora are among the seven candidates from Maharashtra that were today elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha in the biennial polls in Mumbai.

    The other candidates were: Majid Memon (NCP), Hussain Dalwai (Congress), Rajkumar Dhoot (Shiv Sena), Sanjay Kakade (Independent) and RPI leader Ramdas Athavale.

    BJP had given nomination to Athavale, whose party is an ally of BJP-led NDA from its quota instead of Javdekar.

    The unopposed election was a foregone conclusion as only seven candidates were in the fray for the seven seats from the state and their papers were found valid in scrutiny.

    The announcement was made after the time for withdrawal of nomination papers ended at 1500 hours today.

    288 members of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly formed the electoral college for the poll but the tally of voters had come down by one due to the demise of Congress MLA Subhash Zanak recently.

    The quota for winning candidates was 36.

    The elections were necessitated as the expiry of term of sitting members Prakash Javdekar (BJP), Bharatkumar Raut and Rajkumar Dhoot (Shiv Sena), Murli Deora and Hussain Dalwai (Congress), Y P Trivedi and Janardhan Waghmare (NCP) - all from Maharashtra - ends on April 2.

    However, Dalwai, Dhoot and Deora were re-elected for another term.

    After the time for withdrawal ended, Dalwai, Kakde and Memon reached the Vidhan Bhawan to collect their winning certificates.

    The Shiv Sena, which has 45 MLAs, could only get one candidate elected.
     
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    Sharad Pawar, Digvijaya Singh, Kumari Selja among 37 elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha | NDTV.com

    All India | Press Trust of India | Updated: January 31, 2014 22:04 IST

    Sharad Pawar, Digvijaya Singh, Kumari Selja among 37 elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha

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    New Delhi: NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Congress leaders Motilal Vora, Digvijaya Singh, Murli Deora and Kumari Selja, RPI's Ramdas Athavale and Vijay Goel of BJP were among the 37 candidates elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha today from various states in the biennial polls.

    Elections will be held in the remaining 18 seats on February 7 in Andhra Pradesh (6), West Bengal (5), Odisha (4) and Assam (3).

    Sanjay Singh, whose candidature has sparked of protests in Assam, Congress' T Subbrami Reddy and K V P Ramachandra Rao and TRS candidate Keshav Rao (all in Andhra Pradesh) and Trinamool candidate actor Mithun Chakraborty (West Bengal) are among those left in the fray.

    Union minister Pawar, who decided to keep away from Lok Sabha elections, and Deora were among the seven candidates elected from Maharashtra.

    The other candidates were: Majid Memon (NCP), Hussain Dalwai (Congress), Rajkumar Dhoot (Shiv Sena), Sanjay Kakade (Independent) and Athavale, who was supported by BJP.

    In Rajasthan, BJP nominee Goel, who is Delhi unit chief, Ram Narain Dudi and Narain Pachariya were the successful candidates .

    Bihar sent five candidates - three from ruling JD(U) and two from BJP. The five are - Ramnath Thakur, Harivansh, Kahkasha Parveen (all from JD(U)), C P Thakur and R K Sinha (BJP). All the three JD(U) candidates are new faces.

    In Tamil Nadu, the ruling AIADMK bagged four seats while DMK and CPI-M got one each.

    L Sasikala Pushpa, Vijila Satyananth, S Muthukaruppan and AK Selvaraj (AIADMK), DMK's Tiruchi N Siva and TK Rangarajan of CPI-M were elected.

    While Rangarajan has been re-elected, Siva had been a member of the Upper House in the past.

    Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who ended his 10-year self-proclaimed exile from electoral politics after losing in Madhya Pradesh as Chief Minister, along with BJP vice-president Prabhat Jha and party leader Satya Narayan Jatiya were elected from the state.

    Former Union Minister Selja of Congress and opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate Ram Kumar Kashyap were elected from Haryana.

    From Gujarat, Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry and three new faces from BJP Shambhuprasad Tundiya, Chunibhai Gohil and Lalsinh Vadodiya have been sent to Rajya Sabha.

    Former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta of RJD and sitting MP Parimal Nathwani were successful in Jharkhand.

    Congress candidates Abdul Salam (Manipur), sitting MP Wansuk Syiem (Meghalaya) and Viplov Thakur (Himchal Pradesh) also made it to the upper house.

    In Andhra Pradesh, which is in turmoil over Telangana issue, seven candidates including a Congress rebel, are in fray for six seats. It is after 1999 that the Rajya Sabha election in the state would witness a contest, Legislature sources said.

    Only one of the two rebel candidates - K V V Satyanarayana Raju alias Chaitanya Raju - has withdrawn his nomination while another, Adala Prabhakar Reddy, refused to budge despite strong pressure from the Congress leadership.

    Adala, who is currently an MLA, jumped into the Rajya Sabha election fray on the "Samaikya Andhra Pradesh" (United AP) plank, backed by senior-most legislator J C Diwakar Reddy and others.

    Four candidates are in the fray for three seats in Assam - sitting Congress and Bodo Peoples' Front (BPF) MPs Bhubaneswar Kalita and Biswajit Daimary respectively along with the other Congress nominee Sanjay Sinh and combined opposition candidate Haidar Hussain, Assam assembly Principal Secretary G P Das said.

    A sitting Lok Sabha MP from Sultanpur, Sinh's nomination sparked off protests by political parties and other organisations including the AASU, KMSS and AJYCP.

    In a rare show of unity, three opposition parties of the state assembly - BJP, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) - came together to nominate noted journalist Haidar Hussain as the fourth candidate as a protest against Singh's nomination.

    Five candidates, including three ruling BJD legislators, remained in the race for four seats from Odisha. While the three BJD MLAs - Kalpataru Das, Ananga Uday Singhdeo and Sarojini Hembram - are set to have a smooth sailing in the polls, there would be a contest for the fourth seat between BJD backed Independent candidate, renowned sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and IPL Chairman and Congress nominee Ranjib Biswal.

    Six candidates are in fray for five seats in West Bengal along with Mithun, painter Jogen Chowdhury and Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand who resigned to contest from West Bengal, K D Singh, are among the candidates of the ruling Trinamool Congress.

    The party's nominee for the fourth seat is journalist, Ahmed Hassan. Congress is backing sitting RS member Ahmad Saeed Malihabadi as an Independent nominee.

    The CPI(M) has fielded Ritabrata Banerjee, General Secretary of the CPI(M)'s student wing, SFI.
     
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    BJP wins all Rajya Sabha seats unopposed from Rajasthan - The Times of India

    TNN | Feb 1, 2014, 12.29 AM IST

    JAIPUR: The three BJP candidates for Rajya Sabha seats from Rajasthan got elected unopposed on Friday.

    BJP leaders Ramnarayan Dudi and Narayan Panchariya, along with party's Delhi unit chief Vijay Goel, were nominated against the three Rajya Sabha seats that would fall vacant in April this year. The trio's victory was seen as a forgone conclusion since the Congress failed to field any candidate against these seats till the last day for filing nominations on January 28.

    As the last day for withdrawing the nominations closed on Friday evening, the Election Commission declared the BJP leaders elected. Assembly special secretary and returning officer P K Shastri said since there was no contestant against them after the time of withdrawal ended, they were declared elected unopposed.

    Congress could not field any candidate owing to its dismal performance in the assembly elections in December last year. The party could win just 21 seats, as against BJP's 163 seats, in the 200-member assembly. Goel's nomination to Rajya Sabha was a reward from the party for stepping back during the assembly polls in Delhi to let Harsh Vardhan be the party's chief ministerial candidate.

    Ramnarayan Dudi is a former revenue minister. He is one of the well-accepted Jat leaders with a good hold in the Marwar region.

    Narayan Panchariya is the former district president of the Jodhpur unit. Panchariya has a Sangh background and is one of the lesser known leaders of the party. He was the party's in-charge of the Sardarpura constituency during the assembly elections recently.
     
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    AIADMK strength in Rajya Sabha set to increase to 10 - The Hindu

    At present, it has 7 MPs out of whom one is retiring on April 2

    With the election of four nominees of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) from the State, the strength of the party in Rajya Sabha will go up to 10. At present, the ruling party has seven MPs. One of its members along with five others is retiring on April 2 on expiry of term of their office. The DMK, which has now six members, will have five from April.

    Among the outgoing MPs are Union Minister G.K. Vasan and Jayanthi Natarajan (both Congress); Vasanthi Stanley and S. Amir Ali Jinnah (both Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam – DMK) and N. Balaganga (AIADMK). T.K. Rangarajan (Communist Party of India – Marxist), is the only retiring member to get re-elected this time.

    On Friday, the AIADMK’s four candidates - Sasikala Pushpa, Vijila Sathyananth, A. K. Selvaraj, S. Muthukaruppan – DMK’s Tiruchi N. Siva of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Mr. Rangarajan were all declared elected unopposed. Later, A.M.P. Jamaludeen, Assembly Secretary and Returning Officer for the Rajya Sabha elections, handed over certificates of election to Mr. Siva and Mr. Rangarajan.

    Of the AIADMK’s 10 members including the newly-elected batch, four hail from the southern districts – Ms. Sathyananth, Mr. Muthukaruppan and Mr Paul Manoj Pandian, all three from Tirunelveli, and Ms Pushpa, former Tuticorin Mayor. Mr. Manoj Pandian represented the Cheranmahadevi assembly constituency during 2001-2006. While Mr Selvaraj and Mr Arjunan are from the western districts of Coimbatore and The Nilgiris, R. Lakshmanan is from Villupuram in the northern belt and T. Rathinavel from Tiruchi in the central region. The other two MPs, V. Maitreyan and A.W. Rabi Bernard, have been residents of Chennai.
     
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    So that is why Jayanthi Natarajan was stripped of her Ministerial post...
     
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    Mithun, Sanjay Singh among 18 new faces | The Indian Express
    While the ruling Congress in Assam and Trinamool Congress in West Bengal managed to get all candidates backed by them elected in the Rajya Sabha elections Friday, the ruling BJD in Orissa failed to get one of its sponsored candidate elected despite support from BJP legislators in the state.

    Prominent among those elected include actor Mithun Chakraborty (West Bengal), T Subbirami Reddy (Andhra Pradesh) and Sanjay Singh (Assam).

    While the Election Commission had notified election to 55 Rajya Sabha seats, actual polling took place for 18 seats — Assam (three seats), Orissa (four), Andhra Pradesh (six) and West Bengal (five) — where there were challengers.

    In what could be an embarrassment for BJD chief and Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik, sculptor Ragunath Mohapatra failed to get elected as an Independent candidate sponsored by the BJD despite BJP’s support. While all three BJD candidates got elected, it was opposition Congress’s Ranjib Biswal who won the fourth seat as Mohapatra failed to secure enough numbers. More than desired number of BJD MLAs cast their first preference votes to the party’s official candidate, leaving Mohapatra in the lurch.

    In Andhra Pradesh, the ruling Congress was saved from any such embarrassment as its rebel candidate withdrew from the fray Thursday, leaving six candidates for the six seats. Congress bagged three seats while TDP and TRS secured two and one respectively.

    In West Bengal, cross voting from Congress and Left parties helped Trinamool Congress’s additional candidate get elected against the Congress-backed candidate. Consequently, Trinamool secured four seats — Mithun Chakraborty, Jogen Chowdhury, K D Singh, and Ahmed Hasan. Left Front’s nominee Ritabrata Banerjee, who is SFI general secretary, was elected for the fifth seat from the state. Congress’s A S Malihabadi failed to win because of five MLAs from the Left Front and Congress who voted for Trinamool candidate Ahmed Hasan.

    In Assam, both Congress candidates — Bhubaneshwar Kalita and Sanjay Singh — as well as Congress-supported BPF candidate Biswajit Daimary were elected. Combined opposition’s candidate Haidar Hussain, a journalist, failed to secure enough numbers despite support from All India United Democratic Front, BJP and AGP.

    (With inputs from ENS, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati)
     
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    Cong-BPF alliance sweeps Rajya Sabha elections in Assam - The Times of India


    GUWAHATI: The Congress bulldozed its way through the Rajya Sabha elections in Assam, winning all the three seats for the alliance as opposition's votes tumbled like nine pins on polling day. As many as five opposition votes were found invalid by the returning officer on technical grounds, which swung the results in favour of the Congress-BPF alliance's third candidate.

    The results were exactly what chief minister Tarun Gogoi had forecast since AICC president Sonia Gandhi nominated Sultanpur MP Sanjay Singh as one of the candidates from the state and issued instructions to ensure his victory.

    Braving strong protest against Congress nominating an 'outsider' from the state, Gogoi not only followed Sonia's instruction but also walked the extra mile to make sure none of his chosen candidates - PCC president Bhubenswar Kalita and BPF's Biswajit Daimary - bit the dust.

    "Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the happiest persons today after our results here," said a beaming Gogoi after the results were declared.

    With the three wins on Friday, all seven Rajya Sabha seats from the state now lie in the Congress-BPF kitty, which also includes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as one of the members.

    AGP, BJP and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), who fielded ex-editor Haidor Hussain as an Independent candidate, cried foul play by Congress. Within hours of declaration of the results, AGP suspended its legislator Padma Hazarika for 6 years after his vote was rejected on technical grounds, while AIUDF suspended Ataur Rahman Majharbhuiyan for an indefinite period for abstaining from voting.

    Hazarika had used the tick mark against his choice, but the EC guidelines say that that the choice should be marked in Roman numerical. Party leader Durga Das Boro said the party's steering committee has suspended Hazarika for defying the party whip and helping Congress to win.

    Majharbhuiyan, who was on Haj, arrived in Mumbai from Jeddah on Friday morning and could have reached Guwahati on time to cast his vote. He, however, chose to travel to New Delhi from Mumbai.

    The Congress-BPF alliance, together with three Independents and associate members, has 94 members in the house but short of the required quota of 96 votes for the three seats. It was a touch and go situation for the opposition with its exactly 32 votes. But this picture was only on paper.

    What happened on the ground on Friday was quite different for the opposition. Its 32 votes were reduced to 31 after Mazarbhuyia's U-turn on Thursday and after the rejection of five votes on Friday, its strength was further reduced to 26, which its candidate Hussain polled.

    Things for the Congress progressed as planned. Its first preference votes of 32 were first cast in favour of Kalita and the second 32 first preference votes went for Singh, leaving 30 votes for Daimary. However, Daimary polled 29 votes after one vote cast in his favour was rejected. But that still put him above Hussian and gave him the win.

    At the end of the day, Gogoi and BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary were unstoppable in mutual thanksgiving for the results that gave each other's candidates the victories.
     
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    All 6 from A.P. elected to RS - The Hindu

    All the six official candidates, three from Congress, two from Telugu Desam and one from TRS, were declared elected to the Rajya Sabha on Friday. The poll turned out to be a tame affair after the rebel Congress candidate Adala Prabhakar Reddy retired from contest.

    Five of them — M. A. Khan (49 votes), T. Subbarami Reddy and K.V. P. Ramachandra Rao (46 each)- all Congress — and Garikapati Mohan Rao and T. Seetharamalakshmi of Telugu Desam (38 each) polled sufficient number of first preference votes while only K. Keshav Rao of TRS polled 27 votes, falling short of the required 36, which he got subsequently.

    Polling began at 9 a.m. with Speaker Nadendla Manohar casting the first vote. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana and Leader of the Opposition, N. Chandrababu Naidu exercised their franchise before noon. In all, 248 votes were cast when polling ended at 4 p.m. The 23 MLAs with YSR Congress, three from BJP and one from CPI (M) stayed away from polling.

    Senior Congress MLA Daggubati Venkateswara Rao became the first voter in the history of Rajya Sabha elections to use the ‘None of the above’ (NOTA) option introduced in these polls.
     

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