BSP, SP MLAs vote for BJP candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls

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Lucknow: As per media reports a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA Anil Singh on Friday voted for BJP candidates in the Rajya Sabha polls currently underway in Uttar Pradesh.

Talking to the media after casting his vote, Singh, who met chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday night, said he voted for the BJP on “antaratma ki awaaz” (inner call).

“My inside asked me to vote for the BJP,” the legislator from Purwa in Unnao said.

His move sent shock waves in the opposition camp, specially the BSP, which is counting each vote to get its lone candidate Bhim Rao Ambedkar elected to the Upper House of Parliament.

In a related development, Nitin Agarwal, the Samajwadi Party (SP) legislator from Hardoi, also voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates.

His father Naresh Agarwal joined the BJP earlier this month.

“The SP preferred a person who entertains the society (Jaya Bachchan) over a person who serves the society (Naresh Agarwal) which is very unfortunate,” he said, predicting that all the nine BJP candidates would win.

The Congress’s seven legislators have pledged support to the BSP candidate.

For the 58 Rajya Sabha seats to be filled, 33 candidates from 10 states have been unanimously elected.

Counting of votes will begin from 5 pm onwards on Friday. Results are expected to will be announced the same evening.

“The SP preferred a person who entertains the society (Jaya Bachchan) over a person who serves the society (Naresh Agarwal) which is very unfortunate,” he said, predicting that all the nine BJP candidates would win.

The Congress’s seven legislators have pledged support to the BSP candidate.

For the 58 Rajya Sabha seats to be filled, 33 candidates from 10 states have been unanimously elected.

Counting of votes will begin from 5 pm onwards on Friday. Results are expected to will be announced the same evening.

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