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Rajya Sabha polls: Mayawati saves the day for Kapil Sibal, Zee boss Subhash Chandra now an MP

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 June 2016, 20:10 IST

Despite several political maneuverings, Samajwadi Party today won all the seven Rajya Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh.

The Bahujan Samaj Party got two while the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress won one seat each.

Though, independent candidate Preeti Mahapatra, backed by the BJP was expected to play the spoilsport for Congress leader Kapil Sibal, she failed to gain the support of the MLAs and didn't win on the seat.

The contest being watched most keenly today was due to Mahapatra, as there were 12 candidates for 11 seats in UP. According to sources, relying on BSP proved fruitful for the Congress, as Kapil Sibal won against Mahapatra due to BSP backing.

Meanwhile, the BJP won all four seats from Rajasthan, where it is in power. This included Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

Congress' Pradeep Tamta won the lone seat from Uttarakhand, edging out Independent candidate Anil Goel.

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Mahesh Poddar of BJP won the two seats from Jharkhand.

BJP's MJ Akbar and Anil Madhav Dave won in Madhya Pradesh and Congress supported candidate Vivek Tankha also won the seat.

Union minister Birender Singh and BJP-backed media baron Subhash Chandra won the elections from Haryana.

In Karnataka, Union Minister Nirmala Seetharaman won the seat and Congress' Jairam Ramesh, Oscar Fernandes and KC Ramamurthy were elected to the upper house.

First published: 11 June 2016, 20:10 IST
 
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