Thirteen candidates were elected unopposed to the Uttar pradesh state legislative council yesterday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged six of the seats, the Samajwadi Party three, Bahujan Samaj Party two and Congress and the CPM one each. As the candidature of the 14th person was rejected yesterday during scrutiny for the biennial elections, Uttar Pradesh Communist Party of India (Marxist) secretaryRram Sumer Yadav and state minorities commission chairman ahmed hassan were among the candidates elected unopposed.
Prem Chandra Saxena, the Assembly secretary and returning officer for the elections from the lower house constituency said that the nomination paper of Kaka Joginder Singh Dharti pakar was rejected during scrutiny as he had no proposer.
For Kaka Joginder Singh, a resident of Bareilly, contesting elections is a hobby with the aim of achieving a world record of defeats.
The returning officer, however, said though there was no doubt about the election of the 13 candidates, as per rule he would officially announce the result only after the expiry of the time of withdrawal, which was 1500 hrs on January 30.
Among those who are making their entry into the 108-member upper house are Shivnath Singh Yadav, Brijbhushan Kushwaha, Ashok Dubey, Mangalsen Kori and Nem Singh Chauhan and Nirupama Gaur (all BJP) and Ram Karan Yadav, Dayaram Prajapati and Ahmed Hassan Samajwadi Party. Besides, former minister Sukhdeo Rajbhar and Naseemuddin of the BSP, Ram Sumer Yadav of the CPM and Sarvashakti Singh of the Congress will also be the new members. With these elections, the strength of the BJP would rise to 23 thus retaining the status of being the single largest party in the upper house.
The strength of the Samajwadi Party will increase to seven, while, the CPM leader will be the sole representative of the left in the august house.
The council has not not been transacting business for over one and half years as no session has been held because of the Presidents rule in the state.