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Rajya Sabha BJP elects surprise victory in Maharashtra setback for Udhav Thackeray

In Maharashtra, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won three out of six seats in the Rajya Sabha in a blow to the ruling Maha Vikas Agadi (MVA) alliance, the Shiv Sena, and the Congress. The BJP did not have sufficient numbers, but by matching the votes of the 17 MLAs, Devendra Fadnavis secured a seat from under the sights of Shiv Sena Chief Minister and State Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. With this, Vadnavis once again proved that he is an experienced player in politics.

Before the defeat, veteran NCP leader Sharad Pawar said we had to accept this surprise and accept that Devendra Fadnavis was able to bring the independent MLAs on his side. The MVA offered to make Vadnavis agree to the Rajya Sabha, but the proposal for two of the six seats was not accepted by the BJP. As a result, after about 24 years, there was a need for an election for the Rajya Sabha seat in the state. After the defeat of the Shiv Sena candidate, Sanjay Raut said it would not have any impact on the stability of the Maha Vikas Agadi government.

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Among the candidates declared victorious by the election commission are BJP’s Piyush Goyal, Anil Pond, Dhananjay Mahadik, Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena, Praful Patel of the ANC and Imran Pratapgarhi of the ANC. The contest for the sixth seat was that the BJP had fielded former MP Dhananjay Mahadik, while Sanjay Pawar was the Shiv Sena candidate. Both belong to Kolhapur in western Maharashtra. In the sixth seat, Pawar had to face defeat at the hands of Mahadik. As per the committee, out of the 284 valid votes cast, Piyush Goyal got 48, Anil Pond 48, Dhananjay Mahadik 41, Sanjay Raut 41, Imran Pratapgarhi 44, Praful Patel 43 and Sanjay Pawar 39. The top five winners were only announced after the first round , but Dhanjay Mahadik was announced after the votes of the second seed were counted.

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The BJP has 106 MLAs in Maharashtra and all its three candidates received the votes of 123 MLAs. Apparently the BJP garnered the votes of another 17 MLAs, including independents and members of smaller parties. On the other hand, in the absence of Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik, the coalition got 150 million MLAs and its four candidates on 162 votes. The MVA leader said that at least 5 MLAs supporting the government did not vote for our candidates. He said: “When the government was formed in 2019, 170 MLAs got a vote during the confidence vote. Even though Shiv Sena MLA, Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik died in prison, we should have had 167 votes but we should have got on our votes. It got 5 votes below the rating.”

Earlier, after the vote, it was not possible to start the counting for 9 hours. There have been demands for some votes to be disqualified by the BJP and the ruling coalition alleging mutual voting and violation of rules. After seeing the video footage of five MLAs who received complaints from both sides casting their ballots, I instructed the Election Commission to reject Shiv Sena’s MLA Suhas Kande vote. After that, the vote counting began at about two o’clock in the afternoon.

After the shocking results, congressional leaders acknowledged a lack of coordination in the Justice Department. The Maharashtra Revenue Minister and a prominent leader of the Revolutionary Congress Party said it was a matter of brainstorming where it went wrong. “The BJP succeeded in disrupting the vote count and declaring one vote invalid. We were confident that our four candidates would win easily,” he said. The Shiv Sena leader, Sanjay Raut, said Mahadik won the second-preference votes, not four people and who are we, as we know. He said the BJP won the third seat with the help of the central organs and the Election Commission.

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