For the Rajya Sabha elections, Mr. S. Jaishankar, the Union Foreign Minister and Mr. Derek O’ Brien, the Trinamool Congress leader, are among 11 leaders set to be elected unopposed.
The ruling BJP would gain a seat, bolstering its count to 93 members in Rajya Sabha, where the government does not have a majority.
There will be no voting for six seats in West Bengal, three in Gujarat and one seat in Goa on July 24, as was scheduled, because there are no opposing candidates in these seats. Today was the last date for withdrawing nominations to contest the polls.
Six Trinamool Congress and five BJP candidates will be elected unopposed. The Trinamool has also won a bypoll on one Rajya Sabha seat in West Bengal.
S Jaishankar – who has won a second term in the upper house – Babubhai Desai and Kesaridev Singh Jhala are the BJP candidates elected from Gujarat, Anant Maharaj from West Bengal, and Sadanand Shet Tanavade from Goa.
Besides Derek O’Brien, the other Trinamool Congress leaders elected unopposed are Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Dola Sen, Saket Gokhale, Samirul Islam, and Prakash Barik.
The Congress is set to lose one seat and drop to 30 members in Rajya Sabha.
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