Rajya Sabha polls LIVE: Cong leads Rajasthan, BJP in K’taka; counting yet to begin in Maharashtra, Haryana

  • Jun 10, 2022 11:05 PM IST

    Congress demands EC to invalidate votes of 2 BJP MLAs

    Congress demands that Election Commission invalidate votes of BJP MLA Sudhir Mungantiwar and independent MLA Ravi Rana in Rajya Sabha election, alleging violation of rules

  • Jun 10, 2022 10:05 PM IST

    Jairam Ramesh on winning Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka

    “This is not my victory. It is a victory for Team Congress. Entire Congress party, PCC chief DK Shivakumar, CLP leader Siddaramaiah, Chief Whips, all MLAs, everybody voted. Not a single invalid vote,it’s really a victory for teamwork. It’s Team Congress that has won.”

  • Jun 10, 2022 09:15 PM IST

    FM Nirmala Sitharaman wins from Karnataka, says CT Ravi

    BJP’s candidate for RS elections from Karnataka – FM Nirmala Sitharaman, actor-politician Jaggesh & MLC Lehar Singh Siroya have won. They got more votes than the allotted ones, people from the other party helped us, announces BJP National General Secretary CT Ravi.

  • Jun 10, 2022 09:14 PM IST

    BJP suspends Rajasthan MLA for voting in favour of Cong candidate

    The BJP on Friday suspended its Rajasthan MLA Shobharani Kushwah for cross-voting in favour of Congress candidate Pramod Tiwari in the Rajya Sabha elections.

  • Jun 10, 2022 08:55 PM IST

    BJP-backed Subhash Chandra fails to make the cut

    Congress leaders Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Surjewala and Pramod Tiwari, and BJP’s Ghanshyam Tiwari are set to join their colleagues in the Rajya Sabha as the party’s faces from Rajasthan. However, BJP-backed independent candidate and media baron Subhash Chandra failed to make the cut with 30 votes in his kitty. Read more

  • Jun 10, 2022 08:30 PM IST

    Gehlot congratulates Congress winners

  • Jun 10, 2022 08:26 PM IST

    Congress wins 3 seats in Rajasthan, BJP gets 1 seat

    In Rajasthan, three Congress candidates win, one from BJP. Here’s the list:

    Mukul Wasnik -42

    Pramod Tiwari- 41

    Randeep Surjewala-43

    Ghanshyam Tiwari – 43

    BJP-backed independent candidate Subhash Chandra trails with 30 votes.

  • Jun 10, 2022 07:48 PM IST

    Has someone stopped the counting for RS polls, asks Sanjay Raut

    Sena MP Sanjay Raut tweets, “Has someone stopped the vote counting for Rajya Sabha seats? ED’s plan failed. We will only win. Jai Maharashtra.”


  • Jun 10, 2022 07:16 PM IST

    In letter to EC, Sena objects to votes of independent MLA Ravi Rana, BJP legislator Sudhir Mungantiwar

    Shiv Sena is writing to the Election Commission of India objecting to the votes of Independent legislator Ravi Rana and BJP legislator Sudhir Mungantiwar.

  • Jun 10, 2022 07:13 PM IST

    EC permission required for counting to begin, says Maharashtra minister

    Permission is required from the Election Commission of India, then only will the counting begin…counting will begin, says Sena minister Eknath Shinde

  • Jun 10, 2022 07:01 PM IST

    Poll officer rejects BJP, independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma’s poll code violation charges against Congress

    RK Nandal, the returning officer for the Rajya Sabha polls for two Haryana seats,  had rejected the complaint of the BJP and Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma that Congress MLAs Kiran Choudhary and BB Batra violated the conduct of election rules by showing their marked ballot papers to unauthorised persons. 

    In his order, Nandal wrote,”I have seen the videography ( of poll proceedings) very carefully and found that there is no breach of secrecy of ballot papers. Hence the application ( seeking cancellation of votes) is rejected.”

  • Jun 10, 2022 06:59 PM IST

    Counting of votes has begun after Election Commission granted permission

    Counting of votes has begun after Election Commission granted permission

  • Jun 10, 2022 06:37 PM IST

    After BJP, Cong delegation reaches EC office

    After BJP, a Congress delegation has reached the Election Commission office in the capital.

  • Jun 10, 2022 06:29 PM IST

    Counting of votes in Maharashtra yet to begin

    Fate of seven candidates is sealed in the ballot boxes as voting for six seats of the Rajya Sabha elections is over. 285 members of the Maharashtra Assembly exercised their voting rights in a close contest between the ruling coalition Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The counting of votes that was supposed to start at 5pm is yet to begin. Results are expected to be out within the next two hours once it is started as the Election Commission of India has taken cognisance of objections raised by the BJP. Full report

  • Jun 10, 2022 06:22 PM IST

    Counting of votes on hold in Haryana: Report

    Counting of votes on hold in Haryana. BJP met the Election Commission this evening over Haryana and Maharashtra, asking that “this election be declared null & void on basis of broken rules of secrecy in voting”, reports ANI

  • Jun 10, 2022 06:03 PM IST

    Declare RS elections in Maharashtra & Haryana null, BJP urges poll panel

    A delegation of BJP met with ECI today regarding RS elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. Our party has submitted complaints in specific states as well. We have asked that this election be declared null & void on basis of broken rules of secrecy in voting: Union minister 

  • Jun 10, 2022 05:48 PM IST

    In high-octane Rajya Sabha contest, 2 union ministers among 10 key candidates

    The voting for Rajya Sabha elections to 16 seats across four states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Haryana took place. The elections were held due to the number candidates exceeding the seats in these states. The Rajya Sabha polls feature prominent figures vying for a seat in the upper house across four states. Here’s a look at few of them.

  • Jun 10, 2022 05:41 PM IST

    BJP delegation at EC office, results to be out soon

    A BJP delegation, including Union Ministers Dr Jitendra Singh & Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, reaches the office of the Election Commission of India in Delhi.

  • Jun 10, 2022 05:17 PM IST

    BJP’s allegations of Cong violating poll code false, says Maken

    Ajay Maken also has sent a representation to the Election Commission in New Delhi stating that the allegations of violation of conduct of election rules by the BJP were false and frivolous. Maken said that he himself saw the video footage and there was no breach of secrecy or privacy on part of the two Congress MLAs.

  • Jun 10, 2022 05:09 PM IST

    Haryana: Cong MLAs Kiran Choudhary, BB Batra showed ballots to unauthorised people, alleges BJP

    Seeking cancellation of votes of two Congress MLAs- Kiran Choudhary and BB Batra, the BJP has complained to the Election Commission that the two Congress legislators violated the conduct of election rules. A BJP delegation comprising Union Ministers M.A. Naqvi, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Jitendra Singh will meet EC Friday evening at New Delhi. The complaint said that two Congress MLAs showed their ballot papers to unauthorised persons after marking them.

  • Jun 10, 2022 05:01 PM IST

    Counting of votes to begin shortly

    The voting has ended for Rajya Sabha polls in 16 seats across four states. Counting of votes will begin shortly

  • Jun 10, 2022 04:43 PM IST

    Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar claims victory on both seats

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, “We are sure that we’ll win. The way voting happened, we are confident that BJP candidates will win on both the seats. Some Congress MLAs’ votes were dismissed as they violated the rules”.

  • Jun 10, 2022 04:38 PM IST

    Haryana Independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma seeks disqualification of 2 Congress votes, writes to EC

    BJP-JJP backed independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma writes to Election Commission of India, demanding cancellation of votes of Congress MLAs Kiran Choudhry & BB Batra, due to “violation of the secrecy of votes in the Conduct of Election Rules 1961”, ANI reported.

  • Jun 10, 2022 03:59 PM IST

    All 200 Rajasthan MLAs cast vote for 4 RS seats; one BJP MLA cross votes

    All 200 Rajasthan MLAs had cast their vote for the Rajya Sabha elections by Friday afternoon. The counting of votes for the four seats will start at 5 pm, PTI reported.

  • Jun 10, 2022 03:51 PM IST

    Maharashtra: 285 MLAs have cast their votes till 3.30pm

    In Maharashtra, 285 MLAs have cast their votes till 3.30pm in the RajyaSabhaElection, ANI reported.

  • Jun 10, 2022 03:09 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha polls: 2 JD (S) lawmakers cross vote in Karnataka

    Janata Dal (Secular) or JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Friday lashed out at the Congress and his party’s rebel lawmakers after at least two of them cross voted for in the Rajya Sabha in Karnataka, saying they subverted democracy. Read more

  • Jun 10, 2022 02:47 PM IST

    Maharashtra: BJP objects to three votes of Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance MLAs

    BJP has raised objections on three votes of MVA- Yashomati Thakur of INC, Jitendra Awhad of NCP and Suhas Kande of Shiv Sena. BJP has requested the Returning Officer to hold their votes invalid: BJP’s Parag Alawani, polling agent for party leader Piyush Goyal, on Rajya Sabha poll, reports ANI

  • Jun 10, 2022 02:33 PM IST

    Jailed Maha minister Nawab Malik won’t be able to vote in Rajya Sabha polls

    In a setback to Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik, the Bombay High Court bench of Justice Bharati Dangare refused to hear his amended petition which was filed seeking a police escort to take him to Vidhan Bhavan so that he may cast his vote in the Rajya Sabha elections. When Malik’s lawyer Taraq Sayed mentioned the petition for urgent hearing, the bench heard the plea and without making any observations, rose and left. Full report

  • Jun 10, 2022 01:47 PM IST

    Haryana former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda cast his vote

    Haryana former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda cast his vote for Rajya sabha election at Haryana Assembly Chandigarh.

    Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has cast his vote in Rajya Sabha elections at the Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh.

  • Jun 10, 2022 01:35 PM IST

    Maharashtra: 260 MLAs cast their votes till 1pm 

    In Maharashtra, 260 MLAs have cast their votes till 1pm in the Rajya Sabha election, news agency ANI reported.

  • Jun 10, 2022 01:07 PM IST

    Former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy casts his vote

    Former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy casts his vote.

    Former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy casts his vote.
  • Jun 10, 2022 12:33 PM IST

    Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik told to amend plea to vote in Rajya Sabha polls

    The Bombay high court on Friday denied immediate relief to jailed Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik who had sought a day bail to cast his vote in the ongoing Rajya Sabha polls. Read more

  • Jun 10, 2022 12:30 PM IST

    Have Voted for Cong Because ‘I Love It!’, Says JDS MLA

    I have voted for Congress because “I love it”, said K Srinivasa Gowda, Karnataka JD(S) leader.

  • Jun 10, 2022 12:10 PM IST

    Kumaraswamy rejects reports about cross voting as misinformation

    Janata Dal (Secular) or JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Friday rejected as misinformation reports that his party legislators will cross vote in the Rajya Sabha polls even as at least one of the has declared support for the Congress. Read more

  • Jun 10, 2022 12:05 PM IST

    Maharashtra | 180 MLAs cast their votes till 11:37pm

    In Maharashtra, 180 MLAs have cast their votes till 11:37pm in the Rajya Sabha election, news agency ANI reported.

  • Jun 10, 2022 11:56 AM IST

    Haryana Congress MLAs arrive at Vidhan Sabha to cast their votes

    Voting is being held for 16 Rajya Sabha seats across four states -- Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka.
    Voting is being held for 16 Rajya Sabha seats across four states — Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka.
  • Jun 10, 2022 11:45 AM IST

    40 pc of votes for Rajya Sabha polls cast till 10.30 am

    Nearly 40 per cent of the votes for the Rajya Sabha elections have been cast by 10.30 am in Rajasthan, reports news agency PTI.

  • Jun 10, 2022 11:23 AM IST

    Haryana CM ML Khattar casts his vote in Rajya Sabha elections

    Image courtesy: ANI
    Image courtesy: ANI
  • Jun 10, 2022 10:57 AM IST

    50% of polling has been completed in Maharashtra

    In Maharashtra, 50% of polling has been completed in the first 1.5 hours. 143 MLAs exercised their right to vote. More than 60 BJP MLAs and 20 Congress MLAs have cast their votes for Rajya Sabha elections, reports ANI. 

  • Jun 10, 2022 10:48 AM IST

    Every Lok Sabha MP is elected through voting, but all Rajya Sabha MPs are not elected through voting.

    In fact, most Rajya Sabha lawmakers get elected without contest. Usually, political parties field a number of candidates as per their strength, and as a result, the number of candidates will be equal to the number of vacancies. In this round of elections, several candidates have already won unopposed.

    However, when a party has a significant number of extra votes and can woo away some opposition MLAs to get an extra seat, it puts up an additional candidate, triggering a contest as we are witnessing in these aforementioned four states. For the 16 vacant seats in these four states, there are 20 candidates in fray. Read More

  • Jun 10, 2022 10:43 AM IST

    Nirmala Sitharaman ‘leader of statesmanship’: Karnataka minister

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is a leader of statesmanship. It is our honour to have such a political leader with no corruption background. Karnataka has benefitted because of her leadership, says Karnataka Minister CN Ashwath Narayan as voting is underway.  Sitharaman is fray in the Rajya Sabha elections.

  • Jun 10, 2022 10:28 AM IST

    Shiv Sena MLAs reach Vidhan Sabha to cast ballots

    Image courtesy: ANI
    Image courtesy: ANI
  • Jun 10, 2022 10:28 AM IST

    Can anyone see the ballot MLAs are casting?

    Yes. Unlike the popular voting process, the MLAs voting for Rajya Sabha candidates has to show their ballots to an authorised agent of their party. This process has been allowed to prevent cross-voting and corruption. But if the candidate shows her or his ballot to any other person apart from the authorised agent, the ballot would again be deemed as invalid. In 2016, two votes of Congress leaders were deemed invalid on this ground in Haryana. Read More

  • Jun 10, 2022 10:18 AM IST

    Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai casts his vote in Rajya Sabha elections

    Image courtesy: ANI
    Image courtesy: ANI
  • Jun 10, 2022 10:07 AM IST

    How voting is done for Rajya Sabha 

    All elected MLAs cast their votes through a ballot paper, instead of a EVM in a state. The voting is done in the assembly house of the respective state. In the ballot paper a MLA has to mark his or her choice of candidates by ranking them. They have to use a special pen provided by the Election Commission.

    If they use any other pen, or if their ballot papers remain incomplete, the vote would be regarded as invalid.

  • Jun 10, 2022 10:04 AM IST

    Leaders from all parties cast their votes

    In the first hour of the voting, leaders including, BS Yediyurappa, HD Revanna, BJP national general secretary & legislator from Chikmagaluru CT Ravi; Araga Jnanendra, Congress’ Ashok Gehlot, Govind Singh have casted their votes.

  • Jun 10, 2022 09:38 AM IST

    JD(S) leaders leave hotel to cast their vote

    Janata Dal (Secular) leaders to came to Vidhana Soudha by bus to cast their votes in the Rajya Sabha elections. They were being kept at a hotel by the party in fears of being poached.

  • Jun 10, 2022 09:25 AM IST

    Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut exudes confidence in Maharashtra

    “An atmosphere that the election would be a close contest is being created, however, the all four candidates of the MVA will win after the first round of elections,” said Sanjay Raut, Sena chief spokesperson and one of the four candidates of MVA. He further added, “The Uddhav Thackeray government has the support of 169 legislators. In today’s election, BJP should not be shocked if we get more [than 169].”

  • Jun 10, 2022 09:22 AM IST

    ‘Forced and unnecessary’: Ashok Gehlot on Rajya Sabha elections

    These elections are forced and unnecessary, said Rajasthan chief minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot before casting his vote in the Rajya Sabha elections. 

  • Jun 10, 2022 09:15 AM IST

    Candidates in fray in Haryana

    In Haryana’s 90-member assembly, former minister Krishan Lal Panwar has been fielded by the BJP, while Ajay Maken, a former union minister, is the Congress candidate. Media executive Kartikeya Sharma, an independent candidate, is being backed by the ruling alliance. The BJP has 40 MLAs in the state assembly and the Congress has 31. BJP ally Jannayak Janata Party has 10 MLAs while the Indian National Lok Dal and Haryana Lokhit Party have one each. Seven lawmakers are independents. Read More

  • Jun 10, 2022 08:29 AM IST

    AIMIM backs MVA Rajya Sabha candidates in Maharashtra: ‘Laid certain conditions’

    All India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has decided to vote for the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) candidates in the Rajya Sabha elections in Maharashtra, the party’s state unit president Imtiaz Jaleel said on Friday morning. Read More

  • Jun 10, 2022 08:26 AM IST

    Key faces of the Rajya Sabha elections

    Some prominent leaders, whose fates will be decided today, include Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Randeep Surjewala and Mukul Wasnik. 

  • Jun 10, 2022 07:31 AM IST

    Maharashtra to see voting on highest number of seats in Rajya Sabha Elections

    Maharashtra will see the contest on the highest number of seats on Friday with six seats going to polls. Hours before the polls, separate meetings were held by the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, as well as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Read More

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