Polling for the 2 Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana was underway right here on Friday with Congress MLAs, who have been lodged in a resort in Chattisgarh’s Raipur as a consequence of concern of poaching, on their option to Chandigarh.
The polling for the 2 seats might be held from 9 am to 4 pm and counting of votes might be taken up quickly after, officers mentioned.
Whereas the BJP with 40 MLAs within the 90-member Haryana Meeting has 9 greater than the 31 first choice votes required for a straight win, the competition has change into eager for the second seat with the entry of media baron Kartikeya Sharma, an Unbiased.
He has the backing of BJP-JJP mix, the Independents, and Gopal Kanda, lone MLA of the Haryana Lokhit Get together.
The BJP has fielded former Minister Krishan Lal Panwar, whereas Ajay Maken, a former Union minister, is the Congress nominee.
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The Congress has 31 members within the state Meeting, simply sufficient to assist its candidate win a seat. Its prospects might be in jeopardy in case of cross-voting.
Haryana Congress MLAs, who have been lodged in a resort in Raipur reached Delhi on Thursday night. The Congress had shifted its MLAs to Raipur every week in the past fearing poaching of its legislators.
Within the morning they began their journey by street and are reaching right here in a bus, sources mentioned.
The ruling BJP-JJP MLAs, who had remained lodged at a resort right here since Wednesday, had began reaching right here to forged their votes.
On Thursday, lone Indian Nationwide Lok Dal MLA Abhay Singh Chautala declared his help to Kartikeya Sharma.
Talking to reporters in Delhi on Thursday night, senior Congress chief Vivek Bansal, who’s the social gathering’s Haryana affairs in-charge, exuded confidence that Maken will win comfortably.
Congress chief Deepender Singh Hooda additionally mentioned the social gathering candidate will win comfortably.
Senior social gathering chief Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who had been in Delhi for the previous few days, reached right here on Thursday night
Earlier, Congress chief Kuldeep Bishnoi, who’s the MLA from Adampur in Hisar, didn’t go to Raipur as he was reportedly upset with the social gathering for ignoring him within the current reshuffle in its state unit.
He had lobbied for the put up of the state unit chief, which went to former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda loyalist Udai Bhan.
On Wednesday, the BJP-JJP too had shifted their MLAs to a resort in Chandigarh. They have been attending a “coaching session” in reference to the voting course of, Haryana BJP chief O P Dhankar had mentioned.
Kartikeya Sharma is son of former Union Minister Venod Sharma, who had additionally remained a minister within the erstwhile Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led authorities.
Venod Sharma had later floated his personal outfit Jan Chetna Get together.
The media baron’s father-in-law Kuldeep Sharma is a senior Congress chief and a former speaker of the state Meeting.
The votes might be marked by a particular pen offered by the Election Fee.
Every MLA after casting his vote will hand over the pen to the officer deputed by the ballot physique, Haryana Meeting Secretary and Returning Officer for the polls R Ok Nandal informed reporters.
Nandal mentioned that Haryana’s Chief Electoral Officer and one central observer, who’s Manipur’s Chief Electoral Officer, might be current to supervise the ballot course of.
Within the 90-member Haryana Meeting, the BJP has 40 MLAs whereas the Congress has 31.
The JJP, which is an ally of the BJP, has 10 legislators whereas the Indian Nationwide Lok Dal and Haryana Lokhit Get together have one every and 7 are independents.
Two Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana will fall vacant in August with the phrases of media baron Subhash Chandra and BJP chief Dushyant Gautam expiring.