RAJYA SABHA ELECTIONS: PDP consolidates, Congress survives

RAJYA SABHA ELECTIONS: PDP consolidates, Congress survives

Fayaz Ahmad Mir of PDP, who contested on first notification, got 56 votes. His rival Sajad Ahmed Kichloo of NC got 29 while one vote was polled as NOTA.

In a dramatic contest, joint candidate of Congress and National Conference, GhulamNabi Azad, retained the Leader of Opposition (LOP) post in the RajyaSabha while Peoples Democratic Party won two seats and BJP one in the election for upper house of Parliament held here Saturday.

After the day-long exercise, Azad won the election with two votes. The former chief minister got 30 votes out of total 87 with the support of National Conference and three Independent candidates- Engineer Rashid, M Y Tarigami and Hakeem Yaseen- while his rival Chander Mohan Sharma of BJP got 28 (BJP 25 + Peoples Conference 2 and Independent Pawan Gupta).

Fayaz Ahmad Mir of PDP, who contested on first notification, got 56 votes. His rival Sajad Ahmed Kichloo of NC got 29 while one vote was polled as NOTA.

Nazir Ahmad Laway of PDP contested on third notification and was declared winner after getting 29 votes.

In a first from JK, BJP’s Shamsher Singh Manhas made entry into the RajyaSabha. He contested from second notification and got 57 votes while Nasir AslamWani of NC got 29 votes.

Earlier, BJP filed objections with the Returning Officer over Er Rashid’s open disclosure in voting hall about his vote for Azad and dual membership of NC MLAs Devinder Singh Rana and Javed Ahmed Rana, who have not yet resigned from MLC post.

The RO forwarded both complaints to Election Commission of India, which rejected them and counting was started at around 6:30 pm.