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Haryana Rajya Sabha polls: Hooda ‘riot’ ensures defeat for Congress-backed lawyer RK Anand

Haryana Rajya Sabha polls: Hooda ‘riot’ ensures defeat for Congress-backed lawyer RK Anand

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The large surprises of the Rajya Sabha elections on Saturday got here in Haryana and Jharkhand, the place candidates of the BJP denied victories to Congress-backed nominees who have been thought-about pretty sure to enter Parliament.

With the leads to the remainder of the 25 seats for which voting was held coming alongside largely anticipated traces, the BJP emerged as the most important gainer of the elections. Twenty-seven seats in seven states have been up for grabs on Saturday, 30 of the overall 57 vacancies having been already determined with out a contest.

Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Nirmala Sitharaman, Chaudhary Birender Singh and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi gained, as did senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal, Jairam Ramesh and Oscar Fernandes. In Karnataka, eight JD(S) MLAs defied the social gathering whip to vote towards their official candidate, and help the Congress.

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In Haryana, lawyer R Okay Anand, who was backed by the INLD and Congress, had the numbers to sail by. However the votes of 14 Congress MLAs — all belonging to the Bhupinder Singh Hooda camp — have been rejected, and the BJP-backed unbiased candidate, media baron Subhash Chandra, gained, defeating Anand. The BJP’s first candidate, Rural Improvement Minister Birender Singh, gained comfortably.

All 17 Congress MLAs have been towards voting for Anand, who was backed by state rival INLD — however their objections had been overruled by their social gathering excessive command. At a gathering of the MLAs on Friday, AICC common secretary B Okay Hariprasad had introduced that Congress president Sonia Gandhi needed to make sure the defeat of Chandra — they might, subsequently, need to help Anand.

On Saturday, all votes barring these of Congress Legislature Get together chief Kiran Choudhary, Kuldeep Bishnoi, and his spouse Renuka, have been discovered invalid. Nevertheless, Hariprasad — who was the authorised Congress agent and, subsequently, permitted to see the social gathering’s votes — rejected the opportunity of sabotage.

“I used to be the agent of the Congress there. Anticipate for Hooda, Kiran Choudhary and Randeep Surjewala, I’ve seen all of the votes. All have voted for Anand,” he informed The Sunday Categorical. He mentioned Surjewala had lodged a criticism within the morning itself {that a} “completely different pen” was given to the Congress to mark the votes after BJP and INLD members voted. “INLD and BJP used a special color pen,” Hariprasad mentioned.

Surjewala mentioned: “CLP chief Kiran Choudhary voted first and I voted after her. CLP chief was ready to point out me her vote earlier than depositing within the field. I had voted and my poll was in my hand. Whereas she confirmed me her vote and it was accurately put. BJP by a conspiracy or a design objected, saying CLP chief noticed my poll. That is nonsensical. They mentioned it must be rejected… My vote was rejected later.”

High sources within the Congress mentioned Hooda, the previous chief minister, didn’t present his vote to anybody. The sources additionally alleged that Hooda had left the poll paper clean.

Hooda denied he had gone towards the social gathering’s choice, and each he and all others whose votes have been rejected, certainly voted for Anand.

“How does the INLD know whose votes have been cancelled? Our Congress MLAs voted accurately. Our common secretary, who was our agent, noticed it. There isn’t a query of a riot. All of us used the pen that was saved there,” he mentioned. “There’s a high-level conspiracy. Our pens and mobiles have been saved out. Both (INLD chief) Abhay Chautala has accomplished it or BJP or Vidhan Sabha secretariat may have accomplished it,” Hooda mentioned.

“We had left it to Madam (Sonia) and she or he determined there was no query of abstaining. R Okay Anand promised in writing that he can be with Congress and has full religion in Sonia Gandhi. I didn’t have any private downside with him. My reservation was solely as a result of he was being supported by INLD, however when he mentioned he would help Congress, I agreed,” Hooda mentioned.

Requested why he hadn’t stayed again for the counting, giving himself an opportunity to protest towards the rejection of his and the others’ votes, Hooda mentioned: “We have been assured of victory, so there was no level of staying for the counting. R Okay Anand ought to file a criticism with the Election Fee. There must be a probe into what has occurred and whose conspiracy it’s.”

However Anand had already made up his thoughts. The conspirator was Hooda, he declared on Saturday.

“There was no conspiracy on the a part of Congress social gathering excessive command, however the conspiracy was on the a part of Hooda and his camp. Get together excessive command had mentioned one line, that help R Okay Anand… Hooda’s allegation was that I had not gone by him to file the nomination, however at this time it might have been his victory as effectively… What was the necessity to run away at this time? All these allegations that are actually being levelled by Congress that INLD did cross-voting is definitely absurd,” Anand mentioned.

“All these situations, that after successful, I shall help Congress inside and out of doors Parliament… have been raised by Hooda and his camp. All of them got here collectively and reached CLP chief’s residence. There solely they will need to have hatched this conspiracy,” Anand alleged.

Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar described the rejection of votes as a “huge conspiracy”, and mentioned the social gathering would method the Election Fee and discover authorized choices.

“That is very unlucky. Congress social gathering backed this candidate (Anand) as a result of we needed to defeat the forces which have misled the nation and the state for the final two years and betrayed… each part of society. Congress will resolve the entire thing. We’ll take authorized recourse and file a criticism with the Election Fee,” Tanwar mentioned.

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