Zee chairman Subhash Chandra, backed by the BJP, lost. Congress candidates Mukul Wasnik and Randeep Surjewala got extra votes and so did BJP’s Ghyanshyam Tiwari.
Jaipur: Amid cross-voting by a BJP MLA, the Congress managed to win three Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan while the BJP managed to win one.
Meanwhile, Zee chairman Subhash Chandra, backed by the BJP, lost. Congress candidates Mukul Wasnik and Randeep Surjewala got extra votes and so did BJP’s Ghyanshyam Tiwari.
Reacting over the development, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted, “Congress’ victory in three Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan is a victory for democracy. I congratulate all the three newly elected MPs Shri Pramod Tiwari, Shri Mukul Wasnik and Shri Randeep Surjewala. I am sure that all the three MPs will be able to strongly advocate the rights of Rajasthan in Delhi.”
In another tweet, Gehlot said, “It was clear from the beginning that the Congress had the required majority for all three seats. But BJP tried horse trading by fielding an independent. The solidarity of our MLAs has given a befitting reply to this effort. The BJP will face a similar defeat in the 2023 assembly elections as well.”
Senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot, in a tweet, said, “I extend my heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all the three candidates of the Congress party, Shri @MukulWasnik ji, Shri @rssurjewala ji and Shri @pramodtiwari700 ji, on being victorious in the Rajya Sabha elections held in the state. @INCIndia.”
Congratulating the winning candidates, party leader K C Venugopal tweeted, “Hearty Congratulations to @rssurjewala, @MukulWasnik & @pramodtiwari700 for winning the Rajya Sabha elections in Rajasthan. Congratulations to CM Shri @ashokgehlot51, PCC President @GovindDotasra & all our MLAs for showing the BJP the strength in our unity.”