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rajya sabha: Polling for 16 Rajya Sabha seats under way: Key points | India News

NEW DELHI: The voting to elect the members of the Upper House of Parliament on 16 Rajya Sabha seats, spread across four states, in being held on Friday amid speculations of horse-trading and fears of cross-voting.
All 41 candidates from Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Telangana were elected unopposed after the biennial elections to 57 Rajya Sabha seats were announced recently.
Friday’s election schedule
*The polling is scheduled from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday.
*Polling for the 16 seats spread across states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana and Karnataka is being held on Friday due to the number of candidates exceeding the seats.
*The counting of votes will be done at 5pm.
*Friday’s elections will decide the fate of Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman, prominently Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Randeep Surjewala and Mukul Wasnik.
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The election process
*The sanctioned strength of 245 Rajya Sabha (RS) members chosen through indirect elections. As many as 233 by state legislatures, while 12 are appointed by the President.
*One-third of the members retire every second year after a six-year term.
*Through a process of single transferable vote, electors can vote for any number of candidates in order of preference. A candidate requires a specified number of first-preference votes to win.
*RS polls have a system of open ballot to tackle cross-voting. The voter of a party must show his ballot paper to an agent appointed by the party whip. But there is no such restriction for independent voters.
*A candidate needs a certain number of votes (quota) to get elected. It is arrived at by the formula. If the value of ballot papers credited to a candidate is equal to or greater than the quota, he or she is declared elected.

7 candidates in fray for 6 seats in Maharashtra
*In Maharashtra, the Congress party has fielded Imran Pratapgarhi for the polls while Praful Patel has been fielded from the NCP. Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut and Sanjay Pawar have been given a run in the polls.
*The MVA has shifted all its MLAs to a hotel in Mumbai fearing horse-trading. The alliance, however, is expressing confidence in bagging all the six seats from the state.
*The BJP has fielded Dr Anil Bonde, Piyush Goyal and Dhananjay Mahadik from the state.
*There will be seven candidates in the fray for the six seats in the state.
Haryana to go to polls for 2 seats
*In Haryana polling will be held for two seats. Both BJP alliance and Congress legislators were shifted to resorts to slash possibilities of poaching.
*While the BJP-JJP alliance has lodged their MLAs to a resort in Chandigarh, the Congress leaders were moved to a resort in the city.
*The Congress party has nominated senior leader Ajay Maken while the BJP has fielded former minister Krishan Lal Panwar.
*A senior leader of the state, Kuldeep Bishnoi is already upset with the party’s recent decisions. Besides this, another problem for the party has come in the form of the candidature of Kartikey Sharma whose father and father-in-law are former Congress leaders and are known to have influence in the state politics.
6 candidates in Karnataka
*In Karnataka, JD(S) has fielded entrepreneur and social worker Kupendra Reddy as its first candidate in the Rajya Sabha election.
*The Congress had fielded Mansoor Ali Khan as its second candidate to corner the JD(S) and its bid to send Kupendra Reddy to the Rajya Sabha.
*Six candidates are in the fray for the Rajya Sabha poll to four seats for the June 10 Rajya Sabha polls from Karnataka.
*A day ahead of the polling, former state chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday urged the Congress to give its second preferential votes to JDS, if it really wanted to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party.

All eyes on 4th seat in Rajasthan
*The stage is set for the elections to four seats of the Rajya Sabha from the state on Friday, with the ruling Congress in a position to win two seats and the Opposition BJP one. The contest for the fourth seat spiced up after the entry of media mogul Subhash Chandra as an Independent candidate.
*The city police suspended mobile internet services in Amber region in Jaipur where the Congress MLAs are staying in a hotel. Jaipur police commissioner Anand Kumar Srivastava said the decision was taken keeping in mind the VIP security.
*For the RS polls, Chandra is backed by the BJP and the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP), and despite having the support of 33 MLAs, he needs eight more votes. A candidate requires 41 votes for victory.
*Congress is claiming the support of 126 MLAs, exuding confidence of winning three seats but it needs the backing of Independent legislators and those of other parties to win the third seat. The Congress currently has 108 legislators in the 200-member state Assembly and needs 123 votes to win three seats. Congress claims the support of two MLAs of the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) though the party has issued a whip to abstain from voting.
*BTP has threatened to move the Supreme Court if their two MLAs violate the party’s whip. The party has also shot a letter to the assembly speaker taking cognizance of the whip issued by them for their MLAs and nullifying the votes in case it is violated. The two MLAs — Rajkumar Roat (Chorasi) and Ramprasad Dindor (Sagwara) have pledged support to the Congress candidates.
*The party is also claiming the support of 13 IndependentLok Dal MLA, who is currently a state minister and two CPM MLAs.
Court refuses to let NCP’s Deshmukh & Malik vote
*A special court on Thursday refused to allow NCP’s Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik to be released from prison for a day to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections on Friday, sending them scrambling to the Bombay high court for relief.
*Malik got an urgent hearing on 10. 30am on Friday, while Deshmukh’s team will move in the morning. The race for six Rajya Sabha seats from the state is tight with the ruling MVA, including NCP, and BJP set for a bitter contest.
*Opposing the duo’s pleas, additional solicitor general Anil Singh for the Enforcement Directorate cited a section of the Representation of the People Act to underline his argument that prisoners do not have voting rights. Accepting this, special judge RN Rokade said: “In the case at hand, there is express provision under section 62(5) of the Representation of the People Act.

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