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Maharashtra: BJP wins three out of six Rajya Sabha seats, a big setback for MVA alliance

Mumbai: The opposition BJP in Maharashtra on Saturday gained three out of six Rajya Sabha seats in Maharashtra, in a blow to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance of the ruling Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress within the state. In the meantime, the MVA has raised questions over the eight-hour delay in counting. The candidates declared victorious by the Election Fee embrace Union Minister Piyush Goyal of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), former state ministers Anil Bonde and Dhananjay Mahadik, Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena, Praful Patel of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Imran of Congress. Pratapgarhi.

Based on the fee, out of 284 legitimate votes, Goyal acquired 48, Bonde 48, Mahadik 41.56, Raut 41, Pratapgarhi 44 and Patel 43. The competition was for the sixth seat, on which the BJP had fielded former MP Dhananjay Mahadik, whereas Sanjay Panwar was the Shiv Sena’s candidate. Each belong to Kolhapur in western Maharashtra. Within the sixth seat, Pawar needed to face defeat by the hands of Mahadik.
Congress and BJP even approached the Election Fee, accusing one another of making an attempt to horse-trade MLAs within the midst of a detailed combat within the sixth seat.

BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “Elections are fought to win, not just to fight. Jai Maharashtra.” Elections had been held within the state after 24 years solely after Fadnavis turned down the MVA’s provide to construct a consensus for the Rajya Sabha. The counting of votes started with a delay of eight hours amid complaints of cross-voting and violation of norms by the BJP and the ruling coalition. Each the BJP and the Shiv Sena moved the Election Fee alleging cross-voting and in search of disqualification of some votes.
Counting of votes started after 1 pm after the Election Fee directed the returning officer to reject the vote forged by Shiv Sena MLA Suhas Kande for the Rajya Sabha elections in Maharashtra. The primary end result got here in two hours.

After the surprising outcomes, Congress leaders acknowledged the shortage of coordination within the MVA. Maharashtra Income Minister and senior Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat instructed reporters at Vidhan Bhavan that it’s a matter of brainstorming as to the place the error occurred. “The BJP was successful in stalling the counting of votes and getting one vote declared invalid. We were confident that all four of our candidates would win comfortably.” Congress’ successful candidate Imran Pratapgarhi mentioned he was joyful along with his victory, however the defeat of Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Pawar was unlucky.
In the meantime, NCP chief Praful Patel mentioned he would proceed to make sure that Maharashtra’s issues are heard and addressed.

He tweeted, “Many thanks to all my supporters and well wishers for giving me the opportunity to serve as a Rajya Sabha member. I express my heartfelt gratitude to Hon’ble Pawar sahib and NCP for handing over this responsibility to me.” Patel mentioned, “I am overwhelmed by your support and I want to assure you that I will continue to work day and night to ensure that your and my concerns of Maharashtra are heard and addressed.” However, Sanjay Raut blamed the Election Fee for the defeat of the fourth MVA candidate. “The Election Commission has invalidated one of our votes. We opposed two votes, but no action was taken on that demand. The Election Commission supported them (BJP).”

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