After the bypolls for Loksabha seats of Phulpur and Gorakhpur constituency of Uttar Pradesh, state is going for fighting crucial Rajya Sabha elections. It is once again going to be a direct contest between Yogi Adityanath and Akhilesh Yadav, who has become the face of the SP-BSP alliance for RS election.
With just few hours left for the elections,a high voltage drama is brewing as as both the alliances — BJP-led NDA and SP-BSP supported by the Congress and RLD — are working overtime for the victory of their extra candidate, trying to poach rival camps.
Each of the three parties are confident. Tomorrow the fate will be decided on 10 of 31 Rajya Sabha seats. To win, a candidate must get the votes of 37 MLAs or state legislators. There are nine BJP candidates and one each from the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
The BJP has 311 MLAs, so it is assured that at least eight of its nine candidates will win leaving 28 votes spare for the ninth candidate, Anil Agarwal. The Samajwadi Party has 47, so its sole candidate should win – and it will have 10 surplus votes.Mayawati has 19 MLAs. If all 10 of the Samajwadi Party’s extra votes come to her (that is, the Samajwadi Party’s lawmakers obey the party instruction), she gets 29. The Congress has guaranteed her its seven. Ajit Singh’s party has offered to back her with its one vote.So she could hit 37 – the magic number. And her candidate would make it.
Just Few days back Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi party and Mayawati led BSP has set aside their 25-year rivalry and pulled off an incredible win for Samajwadi candidates in two BJP strongholds. The Samajwadi Party, which won byelections with the BSP’s support, wants to reciprocate by ensuring the victory of BSP candidate Bhimrao Ambedkar.But it’s not as easy as it seems to them as Chanakya of BJP Amit Shah is making moves that may jeopardise the “SP-BSP agreement” between Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav.
The BJP is trying its best to defeat Mayawati’s candidate by supporting a ninth candidate, western UP businessman Anil Agarwal, on a seat the BSP could have won otherwise. With the BJP putting up a fight, there are chances of cross voting and even horse trading in the UP Rajya Sabha election.
Ally Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party is key to the success of the BJP’s ninth nominee. Yesterday, Amit Shah was able to persuade the sulking party to get its four lawmakers to support the BJP after it skipped the one-year celebration of the state’s Yogi Adityanath government.And after this, Amit Shah’s mission appeared easier as SP lawmakers missed the roll-call.
Seven SP lawmakers including Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle Shivpal Yadav skipped the meet organized by Akhilesh Yadav. The absentees included the lawmaker son of Naresh Agrawal, a serial defector who quit the SP and shifted to the BJP after being denied a Rajya Sabha chance.
The Congress is confident that its seven MLAs will follow instructions, but Akhilesh Yadav’s party is more vulnerable. At least seven of its 47 law-makers who are loyal to his uncle and long-time critic Shivpal Yadav could vote against their own party – and/or Mayawati. This was witnessed last year also when the same group crossed the line to back the BJP’s candidate for President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
Amit Shah never missed his target and it is expected that learning from the Uttar Pradesh byolls, Amit Shah has done the backdoor talks that will create sensation in Uttar Pradesh.