Snapshot of Fight for That Final Seat in K’taka, Haryana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan

With 41 candidates elected without opposition, the number of seats in the Rajya Sabha elections has shrunk to 16 across Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra and Karnataka – as voting began on Friday morning.

Close competitions for the last seats are expected, and the parties are trying to keep their flock together. Demand for five-star hotels and resorts is back again as lawmakers are impeached amid poaching fears. Both the BJP and the Congress held talks with smaller parties and independents to squeeze the last seats.

Among the four contested states, Rajasthan is governed by the Congress while Maharashtra has the Shiv Sena coalition, the National Congress Party and the Congress headed by Udhav Thackeray. Karnataka is ruled by the BJP but the political equation in the state is as strong as it was in May 2019 when the Justice and Development Party-Congress government was suddenly ousted from power.

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Here is a snapshot of the Rajya Sabha’s 16 seats in battle, the results of which will be announced on Friday evening:

Rajasthan

Seats: 4

Congressional Candidates: Mukul Wasnik, Pramod Tiwari, Randeep Surjwala

BJP candidate: Ghanshyam Tiwari

Independent Candidate: Subhash Chandra, supported by the BJP and the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party

Votes needed to win: 41

minimum: Of the four seats, the ruling Congress clearly won two seats and the BJP one seat. To win the last seat remaining, the Congress needs 15 additional votes and the BJP needs another 11 votes.

Maharashtra

Seats: 6

BJP Candidates: Piyush Goyal, Anil Pond, Dhananjay Mahadik

Chef Sina Candidates: Sanjay Raut, Sanjay Pawar

NCP filter: Prafull Patel

Congressional Candidate: Imran Pratapgarhi

Votes needed to win: 42

minimum: Alliance partners Shiv Sena, the NCP, and Congress can have one candidate comfortably elected. The BJP confirmed the election of two candidates. That’s five of the six seats. The competition for the final seat is between Mahadik of the BJP and Pawar Shiv Sena.

Karnataka

Seats: 4

BJP Candidates: Nirmala Sitharaman, Jajesh, Lihar Singh Seroya

Congressional Candidates: Jeram Ramesh and Mansoor Ali Khan

Candidate JD (S): De Copendra Reddy

Votes needed to win: 45

minimum: Based on their strength in the assembly, the BJP can win two seats and two seats in the Congress. The struggle for the fourth seat will see direct competition between Seroya (BJP), Khan (Congress) and Reddy (JDS). While Siroya and Reddy lack votes from 13 MLAs each, Khan will need 20.

Haryana

Seats: 2

BJP candidate: Krishan Lal Banwar

Congressional Candidate: Ajay McCain

Independent Candidate: Kartikeya Sharma, with the support of BJP and JPJ, Independents, Haryana Lokhit Party

Votes needed to win: 31

minimum: Panwar will comfortably run from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, but the contest for the second seat is tight between McCain and Sharma. Both need 30 votes to win, and while Congress has 31 MLAs, Maken would be in trouble in the event of a cross-vote.

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