1 abstention, 1 invalidation, 1 cross vote: Why Congress’s Ajay Maken lost | Latest News India

Chandigarh: The upset brought on by BJP backed impartial candidate, Kartikeya Sharma within the Rajya Sabha elections for the 2 seats from Haryana didn’t come with out assist from the Congress.

While the BJP candidate Krishan Lal Panwar received comfortably securing 36 first desire votes, Kartikeya romped dwelling regardless of getting 23 first desire votes as in opposition to 29 first desire votes of Congress candidate, Ajay Maken.

Election officers stated that Panwar wanted lower than 30 votes to win and his six-plus votes had been transferred to Kartikeya Sharma (who was the second desire in all 36) who edged out Maken. Maken didn’t get any second desire votes, and Sharma was declared the winner.

Since all 31 Congress MLAs voted on Friday, Maken ought to have received the second Upper House seat comfortably. However, it was to not be. Congress MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi is believed to have change sides to vote for Kartikeya whereas the poll of one other Congress legislator was declared invalid for being marked improperly.

On Saturday morning, Kuldeep Bishnoi retweeted journalist Sudhir Bishnoi’s tweet: (*1*)

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) chief Bhupinder Singh Hooda stated that he didn’t know whose vote was declared invalid. Hooda stated {that a} report on this regard shall be despatched to the celebration excessive command by celebration observers and motion shall be initiated in opposition to Bishnoi .

Congress in cost for Haryana, Vivek Bansal who was the celebration’s authorised agent on being requested as to whose vote was declared invalid stated that he couldn’t spot it when the ballots had been being proven to him by the celebration MLAs through the polling. “I may spot that Kuldeep Bishnoi has cross voted and shouted about it. But a tick was placed on the poll paper by one of many MLAs making it invalid and it missed my eye. I’m fairly shocked and making an attempt to determine the place issues went flawed,’’ Bansal stated.

Three candidates – BJP’s Krishan Lal Panwar, Congress nominee, Ajay Maken and BJP-JJP backed Independent candidate, Kartikeya Sharma – had been within the fray for the 2 Upper House seats from Haryana. Kartikeya Sharma is the son of former Congress minister, Venod Sharma and son-in-law of Congress chief, Kuldeep Sharma.

A complete of 89 out of 90 MLAs cast their vote on Friday. Independent MLA from Meham, Balraj Kundu abstained from voting. Since one vote was declared invalid, the entire variety of votes got here all the way down to 88.

Some native Congress leaders against Hooda will probably goal the previous chief minister now. “He is the CLP chief and now additionally controls the state unit . The Congress MLAs had been taken to Chhattisgarh and given coaching to cast their votes. Now, somebody making a tick as a substitute of inscribing 1 on the poll paper appears fairly deliberate,’’ stated a celebration chief not keen to be named.

Haryana chief minister, ML Khattar stated that Congress MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi had heard his internal soul voice. “He should have achieved this solely after being impressed by the insurance policies of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and his authorities. Bishnoi has heard the voice of his internal soul to attach with the emotion of the Nation,’’ Khattar stated indicating that the Congress MLA might stop the Congress and be part of the BJP.

Responding to a different question, the chief minister stated that the Congress had skilled its MLAs for per week earlier than this election, however the BJP’s one-day coaching had overshadowed their coaching. They failed and we handed, stated Khattar.

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