Congress nominee Pradeep Tamta Saturday gained the Rajya Sabha election from Uttarakhand with help from six MLAs of Progressive Democratic Entrance (PDF).
Thanking his and PDF’s MLAs for “sustaining unity” in supporting Tamta, Chief Minister Harish Rawat termed it a “victory of individuals”. “A Dalit has been elected to Rajya Sabha,” Rawat stated, and slammed BJP, which “tried to make use of cash energy to get its candidate elected however failed in its intentions”.
Tamta, who has been a Lok Sabha member from Almora previously, defeated BJP-supported candidate Anil Goyal, who secured 26 votes, all from members of the saffron occasion.
As per the present power — 58 — within the Uttarakhand meeting, a candidate wanted 30 votes to safe a berth within the Higher Home. Tamta edged previous Goyal by securing six extra votes from PDF, which is a coalition of two legislators of BSP, certainly one of Uttarakhand Kranti Dal and three Independents.
The election for the only real RS seat from Uttarakhand, which had fallen vacant after BJP chief Tarun Vijay’s time period expired, didn’t witness cross-voting.
Congress chief and CM’s adviser Surendra Agrawal reiterated Rawat’s assertion that no Dalit had been elected to Rajya Sabha from Uttarakhand for the reason that state was fashioned in 2000. When Uttarakhand was a part of Uttar Pradesh, a Congress chief from Almora, Ram Prasad Tamta, was a Dalit to have been elected to Rajya Sabha.
Winner Pradeep Tamta stated the BJP has labored towards the wholesome custom of not fielding a candidate. “BJP first determined to not area a candidate however later its two leaders filed their nomination as Independents. The occasion additionally requested candidate Geeta Thakur, who’s a Dalit, to withdraw after promising to help her,” Tamta stated and steered that the saffron occasion “take lesson from this defeat”.
BJP spokesperson Vinay Goyal stated the outcomes had been “not a disappointment”. “We didn’t have the required numbers to make sure a win for our candidate and so we determined to not area anybody. However we respect the braveness proven by Anil Goyal who contested the election towards the Congress. BJP additionally appreciates the dedication of its MLAs who remained loyal and didn’t go for cross voting regardless of allurement from Congress,” he claimed.
Polling for the only real seat was necessitated as a result of BJP’s state government member Anil Goyal and occasion’s state secretary Geeta Thakur filed nomination as Independents with the occasion’s help. Thakur, nonetheless, give up the BJP in a last-minute choice late Friday night and introduced her help to Congress. She was reportedly requested by the BJP to withdraw and help Anil Goyal.
She stated the occasion “suffered from an anti-woman and anti-Dalit mindset” and claimed that she was “pressured to again out”. Accusing the BJP of persecuting her mentally, she stated her hopes had been first raised after which mercilessly dashed because of “cash and briefcase politics”.
Holding Uttarakhand BJP in-charge Shyam Jaju and occasion’s nationwide organisation co-secretary Shivprakash accountable for the “insult”, Thakur had stated Friday that she was resigning from the first membership of the occasion in addition to from the membership of the Central Board of Movie Certification and in addition because the model ambassador of the Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao scheme of the central authorities “with rapid impact”.