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Rajya Sabha Elections: Karnataka’s BJP MLA ST Somashekhar Cross Votes For Congress

BJP and JDS leaders have expressed their discontent with Somashekhar's move. There are speculations of filing a formal complaint with Assembly Speaker UT Khader, urging action against the MLA for violating the party's whip. ST Somasekhar, after casting his vote, asserted that he voted in alignment with those who had committed to providing grants. CM Siddaramaiah responded by congratulating Somashekhar for his decision to support the Congress.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Feb 27, 2024 13:04 IST
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Rajya Sabha Elections: Karnataka’s BJP MLA ST Somashekhar Cross Votes For Congress
Rajya Sabha Elections: Karnataka’s BJP MLA ST Somashekhar Cross Votes For Congress

In a surprising turn of events during the Rajya Sabha elections from the Karnataka assembly, BJP MLA ST Somashekhar, representing Bengaluru’s Yeshwantpur constituency, has reportedly cross-voted in favour of the Congress, delivering a significant blow to the BJP.

Defiance of Whip

Contrary to the BJP’s issued whip a day before the polls, summoning all 66 MLAs to the Chief Whip’s office after the polling, ST Somasekhar has openly defied the party’s directive and cast his vote for the Congress candidate.

Potential Consequences

BJP and JDS leaders have expressed their discontent with Somashekhar’s move. There are speculations of filing a formal complaint with Assembly Speaker UT Khader, urging action against the MLA for violating the party’s whip.

ST Somasekhar’s Justification

ST Somasekhar, after casting his vote, asserted that he voted in alignment with those who had committed to providing grants. CM Siddaramaiah responded by congratulating Somashekhar for his decision to support the Congress.

BJP Nominees

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has put forth a formidable lineup of candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections:

  • Former Union minister RPN Singh
  • Former MP Chaudhary Tejveer Singh
  • Amarpal Maurya – General Secretary, BJP Uttar Pradesh unit
  • Former state minister Sangeeta Balwant (Bind)
  • Party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi
  • Former MLA Sadhna Singh
  • Former Agra mayor Naveen Jain

SP Contenders

The Samajwadi Party (SP) has strategically chosen its candidates to take on the BJP:

  • Actor MP Jaya Bachchan
  • Retired IAS officer Alok Ranjan
  • Dalit leader Ramji Lal Suman

Voting Details

Polling commenced at 9:00 am and will conclude at 4:00 pm. Results are anticipated to be announced later tonight. The elections are poised to shape the representation in the Rajya Sabha, with both parties vying for a significant presence.

Read More: Rajya Sabha Election: Mini Election, Double Tension; SP MLAs Extend Their Support To BJP In UP

First published on: Feb 27, 2024 12:53 PM IST

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