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BJP, Congress, and JD (S) busy to finalise candidates for 4 Rajya Sabha seats in Karnataka

By wasmulhaq 
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Bengaluru: Currently, several seats in the Rajya Sabha have to be filled in some states. Four seats in the Upper House have been vacant in Karnataka. All the three parties in the state—Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, and the Janata Dal (Secular)—are busy finalising the candidates’ names.

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According to sources, the BJP wanted to field three candidates, making it difficult for the JDS candidate to win. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda spoke to the BJP top brass, asking them not to put up a third candidate so that the JDS could get one Rajya Sabha member elected.

Congress is expected to field Jairam Ramesh from Karnataka as their candidate. The BJP is set to keep faith in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as its candidate.

The JDS has closed in on BM Farooq, who is a Member of the Legislative Council (MLC). If the BJP fields two, the Congress fields one, and the JDS fields one, all four candidates will get elected unopposed without election.

A top source said because the former Prime Minister has spoken to BJP top brass, it may be considered.

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A candidate needs at least 45 votes from MLAs to get a berth as a member of the Upper House. The saffron party needs the support of 15 more members if the party fields a third candidate.

Strength of party in Karanatkaka Assembly

Each candidate needs 45 votes from MLAs to be elected as a Rajya Sabha member. At present, the strength of each of the parties is as follows:

BJP: 120,

Congress: 70

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JDS: 32, and

Independent: 1.

One JDS MLA who didn’t want to be named said, “Few MLAs might have thought of supporting other party candidates.” But now it’s election year and a whip will be issued. No one will dare cross vote or abstain, because they will be dragged to court tomorrow and during the election and it is unnecessary to run around for this purpose.”

 

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