NIOW BJP TO BAG TWO RAJYA SABHA SEATS FROM MP, INSTEAD OF ONE
By Rahil Nora Chopra
The rebellion by former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has not only brought down the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, but is also set to cost the Congress party a berth in the Rajya Sabha that it was poised to win. Polling for three Rajya Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh was supposed to be held on March 26, but has been postponed in view of the coronavirus pandemic induced lockdown. Before the Scindia-led political upheaval that resulted in the fall of the Kamal Nath government, 58 first preference votes were required for each seat. Earlier, Congress had 114 members and was backing on the support of 7 members from SP, BSP and independent MLAs. Then the BJP had 107 members. Therefore, in the previous scenario, Congress could have won 2 Rajya Sabha seats and BJP could have won only one. However, after accepting the resignation of 22 Congress MLAs by Speaker NP Prajapati, the effective strength of the Assembly was reduced to 206, and according to revised calculations, it will now need 52 first preference votes for each seat. While the resignation of BJP MLA Sharad Kol has been disputed, the BJP has more than 104 members needed to win two Rajya Sabha seats. The BJP candidates are one, Jyotiraditya Scindia, and two, RSS activist and former assistant professor DR Sumer Singh Solanki. The Congress candidates are Digvijay Singh and Phool Singh Baraiya. Now it seems that Scindia is poised to win and the new arithmetic has come as a boon for RSS activist Dr Sumer Singh Solanki, whose name did not ring a bell when his candidature was announced by the BJP on March 12.