Rajya Sabha polls: Voting for 10 seats underway in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow: Voting to elect 10 Rajya Sabha members from Uttar Pradesh has entered its second phase. The crucial polling began at 0900 hours at the Tilak hall in the Vidhan Sabha building.
It will conclude at 1600 hours, after which counting will begin at 1700 hours.
In a jolt to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), its legislator Anil Singh on Friday voted for BJP candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls currently underway in Uttar Pradesh.
Independent Uttar Pradesh MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh (Raja Bhaiya)has announced that he would be casting his vote in favour of the Samajwadi Party. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav also posted a photo of him and Raja Bhaiya thanking him for his support to the SP.
Anil Singh stated:
- I voted for the BJP on antaratma ki awaaz (inner call).
- My inside asked me to vote for the BJP.
It may be mentioned that Singh is the the legislator from Purwa in Unnao. His move sent shock waves in the opposition camp, especially the Bahujan Samaj Party which is counting each vote to get its lone candidate Bhim Rao Ambedkar elected to the Upper House of Parliament.
The BSP MLA, however, said he did not know what his other party legislators were up to.
Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya also claimed that the BJP candidates would sail through comfortably.
BJP leader Nitin Agarwal stated:
- All the nine candidates of the saffron party are sure to win.
- All the nine candidates of BJP will win.
- Samajwadi Party insulted their workers and people will answer them for choosing a candidate (Jaya Bachchan) that entertains the society rather than one who serves the society.
What Shivpal Singh Yadav stated:
- I am sure that the Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) candidate Bhimrao Ambedkar would win the Rajya Sabha seat.
- There would be cross voting in favour of a ninth candidate for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Anil Jain.
- The entire opposition is united in these biennial polls.
Shivpal Singh Yadav is the SP legislator from Jaswantnagar.
Congress legislators have also cast their vote.
Ajay Kumar said:
- All conspiracies and dirty tricks of the BJP to wean away MLAs from other parties will fail miserably.
- The Congress' seven legislators have pledged support to the BSP candidate.
It may be mentioned that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also in the Vidhan Sabha premises along with many of his ministerial colleagues. The BJP has fielded nine candidates while the SP and BSP have named one each.