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BJP's Gujarat performance to affect its Rajya Sabha prospects in April

The term of four Rajya Sabha members of the saffron party from Gujarat will end in April. Congress will claim two berths after winning 77 seats in Gujarat polls

BS Web Team 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The (BJP) on Monday retained power in for the sixth consecutive time after securing a simple majority by winning 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly. As opposition led by followed closely behind with 77 seats in the bitterly-fought election, the party is now in a comfortable position to get two MPs into the when biennial elections are held in April, 2018. It will leave only two instead of four seats falling vacant as the term of four members of the saffron party from will end in April. The MPs whose term will end in April are Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala, Minister of State for Roads and Highways and Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukhbhai Mandaviya, and Shankabhai Vegad. Both parties will require 36 MLAs for one to be elected to the The BJP, unaffected by the prospect said the party will gain nearly eight members from Uttar Pradesh, as elections will be held for a total of 10 seats in April, the Hindu reported. But it will still leave the shy of a majority in It will continue to depend on friendly parties such as the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the for clearing crucial legislation.

As of now, the strength of the Democratic Alliance in the stands at 86, 37 short of the halfway mark. The suffered a jolt during the elections held in last August as six of its MLAs in the previous Assembly left the party when Ahmed Patel was nominated as the party candidate. Patel, however, managed to win the election.

First Published: Wed, December 20 2017. 12:28 IST