According to sources, at least one MLA each from the SP and BSP voted for the BJP nominees while two independent legislators also lent support to the saffron party.
In all, 400 legislators cast their votes in the crucial elections in which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded nine candidates, and Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have nominated one each. This further means that now a party will need 36 votes to get its candidate elected to the Rajya Sabha.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath blamed the BSP's loss on the Samajwadi Party's "opportunism" as it failed to transfer votes. Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Sidharth Nath Singh cornered Samajwadi Party and said, "Samajwadi party's Jaya Bachchan has been trapped and it would be interesting to see whether she will be able to make it or not".
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L. Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and G.C. Chandrasekhar of the Congress and Rajeev Chandrashekar of the BJP were declared elected by the Returning Officer. The BJP has enough MLAs to win eight seats comfortably. After all, it was the BSP cadres who had toiled hard to ensure victories for SP in the recently held Phulpur and Gorakhpur by-elections, which seemed to have altered India's political landscape to a great extent. The argument was about giving the second chance to vote for a Congress leader. Seven Janata Dal (Secular), or JDS, rebels were allowed to vote despite the party having asked the speaker to disqualify them from the voting process.
Congress's Abhishek Manu Singhvi and four Trinamool Congress candidates - Nadimul Haque, Subhasish Chakraborty, Abir Biswas and Santunu Sen - won the Rajya Sabha election. Earlier, the requirement was 37 votes. BJP, with its allies, had 324 members in the house and it had 28 spare votes. The Uttar Pradesh Assembly has 403 members. One member of the Indian Union Muslim League could not vote due to ill-health. "It also prevented two of our legislators from voting in the polls as they didn't get to vote even after the Court and the Election Commission said they can vote even while in prison", he said. Speculations on which lawmaker voted for which party buzzed loud.
Sahu bagged 36 votes as the three Congress legislators - Amit Jogi, Shiyaram Kaushik and Rajendra Rai - who are facing disciplinary action for anti-party activities, boycotted the polls and did not vote.