Passing bills in the Rajya Sabha would further be a cakewalk for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) administration after its celebratory performance in the Rajya Sabha election in the ongoing polls.
With nine of 11 Rajya Sabha MPs elected on Monday belonging to BJP, the party has touched a high of 94 MPs in the Upper House of the Parliament. Meanwhile, Congress, which has been in a good position in the Upper House for a while, now has been reduced to 38 seats.
The gap between BJP and Congress in Rajya Sabha is also at its widest at the moment with BJP becoming the single largest party in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. However, it’s still 31 seats short of the halfway mark of 123 in the 243-member Upper House. Nevertheless, the NDA alliance altogether in the Rajya Sabha strengthens its stand in the Rajya Sabha.
In the ongoing Rajya Sabha polls, the states were to elect representatives for 73 seats of which 55 of them were to be elected by March 26. The remaining are being elected post-COVID lockdown.
On Monday, housing minister Hardeep Singh Puri, BJP general secretary Arun Singh and son of late Chandra Shekhar, Neeraj Shekhar, were among those elected unopposed from UP.
Ram Gopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party) and Ramji Gautam (BSP) were also elected.
Meanwhile, Congress in the Lok Sabha does not have a single MP from key Indian states like Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Manipur, which obviously affects its representation in the Upper House.