As an allegation of cross-voting was there, it resulted in the delay of eight hours in counting votes. But the results came in favour of the BJP, they secured three seats in Maharastra out of six seats while the ruling party alliance, Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) and Congress secured one seat each. The BJP winners in Maharashtra include Union minister Piyush Goyal and former state minister Anil Bonde, and Dhananjay Mahadik.
The counting of votes for the Rajya Sabha elections was held across four states. Sixteen Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Karnataka went to polls on Friday amid allegations of misconduct and horse-trading.
The elections were necessitated as the number of candidates exceeded the seats going to the polls. The Election Commission had appointed special observers to ensure fair conduct of the elections, along with video recording of the entire process. Earlier, only Rajasthan and Karnataka were declared the winners.
In Rajasthan, Congress won three seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has bagged one seat. BJP-backed independent candidate Subhash Chandra failed to make the cut.
In Karnataka, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, actor-politician Jaggesh, Lehar Singh Siroya of BJP, and former Union minister Jairam Ramesh of Congress were declared elected. In Haryana, BJP’s Krishan Lal Panwar and Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma, backed by the saffron party, have won two Rajya Sabha seats.
Before the result, there was a tremendous tussle between both camps. Both the BJP and Shiv Sena approached the Election Commission with complaints of cross-voting, seeking disqualification of some votes as the former questioned the validity of votes cast by three MLAs of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, which also made a case to disqualify votes cast by one independent candidate and one BJP MLA. But the Election Commission only canceled the vote of Suhas Kande. The counting of votes started again at around one o’clock in the midnight when the results came in the morning.