History repeats itself again and again. The BJP has achieved a milestone in the Rajya Sabha (RS) as far as the number of members is concerned. The saffron party has now completed a unique feat by having 100 members in the Rajya Sabha after the party bagged seats in Assam, Tripura and Nagaland in the RS elections held on Thursday.
Thirteen new members have been elected from the six states of the country. Except for losing a seat in Punjab, the BJP gained in each of the three northeastern states and Himachal Pradesh, where all five retiring members belonged to opposition parties.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party bagged all five seats in Punjab.
Of course, the official website of the Upper House has not yet been notified. The BJP’s number will definitely reach the magic figure of 100 after the inclusion of three seats that the party won in the latest round of polls.
Gradual increase in Rajya Sabha
In spite of the lack of a majority in the 245-member House, the number of Rajya Sabha members of the party has been gradually increasing. At the time when the party came into power with a thumping victory in the 2014 general elections, the BJP’s strength in the Upper House was 55. Since then, slowly and surely, the saffron party has been able to increase its tally in the house.
The Congress party had 108 members in the Rajya Sabha. It was way back in 1990. Then the steady decline in the performance of the party in state after state hampered the party’s progress. Slowly, the steep downfall in the number of Congress members started taking place in the RS.
Elections are due for 52 seats
Elections for the 52 seats in the Rajya Sabha will take place in the near future. Most of the members will be elected from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Jharkhand. In these states, opposition parties are ruling. In this case, the BJP may lose its 100-member strength in the Rajya Sabha.
The landslide victory by the BJP in Uttar Pradesh will prove a boon for the party in expanding its tally in the Rajya Sabha. It is expected that the BJP may add at least eight of the total 11 seats. A total of 11 Rajya Sabha MLAs from Uttar Pradesh are set to retire, of which five are from the saffron party.
Currently, the BJP is in a comfortable position in the Upper House. It plays a key role in passing any bill. Except for voting power on money bills and financial bills, Rajya Sabha members have almost equal power to Lower House members.