The governing Congress won three of the four Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan on Friday (June 10, 2022), defeating the BJP-backed independent candidate Subhash Chandra. The BJP won one seat.
The Election Commission proclaimed Congress candidates Randeep Surjewala, Mukul Wasnik, Pramod Tiwari, and the BJP’s Ghanshyam Tiwari elected late Friday night.
With this, the Congress will have six Rajya Sabha MPs from Rajasthan out of ten. Four people will represent the BJP.
A total of 199 votes were legitimate, with one vote being disallowed.
Ghanshyam Tiwari received 43 votes, while Randeep Surjewala, Mukul Wasnik, and Pramod Tiwari received 43 votes each.
Chandra, a media mogul, received 30 votes.
Shobharani Kushwah, a BJP MLA, cast a cross-vote in favour of Congress candidate Pramod Tiwari. Soon after, the BJP suspended her from the party’s primary membership.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot congratulated the party candidates, saying their win sent a strong message to the nation.
He predicted that the party would maintain control in the next assembly elections.
The chief minister also praised BJP MLA Kushwah for voting for Congress candidate Tiwari by casting a cross-vote. He speculated that she voted for Congress because she didn’t appreciate the BJP’s horse-trading methods.
“Why would they submit an independent candidate when everyone knows we have 126 MLAs on our side?” “They wanted to try horse-trading, but it didn’t work out,” Gehlot told reporters outside the assembly building.
He flashed a victory sign as he exited the session with the freshly elected Congress MPs.
“I expect all three leaders will bring up concerns about Rajasthan, notably the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP), which would address water shortages in 13 districts,” the chief minister added.
Some parliamentarians, including BSP-turned-Congress MLAs, have voiced dissatisfaction with the administration before the polls.
On the other hand, the chief minister was able to control the situation and collect the required votes for the Congress candidates.
Randeep Surjewala, a newly elected Rajya Sabha MP, described it as a win for truth.
“The Congress received 127 votes in total. He went on to say that one vote was rejected due to a bit of snafu.
According to Pramod Tiwari, Chief Minister Gehlot’s magic worked for the Congress.
In a tweet, Gehlot had congratulated all three Congress candidates on their victories in the Rajya Sabha elections.
“The Congress’ win in three Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan is a democratic triumph,” he said, adding that he hopes all three MPs would be able to argue for Rajasthan’s rights in Delhi effectively.
He briefed the media outside the assembly building with freshly elected Congress MPs.
Ghanshyam Tiwari, the BJP’s candidate, and other party officials proclaimed the party’s win in one seat before them.
“I am grateful to the state and national leadership for nominating me for the position.” Tiwari remarked, “I received 43 votes.”
BJP state president Satish Poonia, former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, opposition leader Gulab Chand Kataria, deputy opposition leader Rajendra Rathore, and other party officials congratulated Tiwari.
The Congress has relocated its MLAs to a hotel in Udaipur ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections to safeguard them from horse-trading tactics. In the pretext of a training camp, the BJP later relocated the MLAs to a hotel on the outskirts of Jaipur.
Elections were held in four seats because the terms of the BJP’s Omprakash Mathur, K J Alphons, Ramkumar Verma, and Harshardhan Singh Dungarpur expire on July 4.