NEW DELHI: Despite having a slight edge over the United Progressive Alliance after the current round of Rajya Sabha polls, the National Democratic Alliance still lacks the majority it needs to push crucial legislation and may have to depend on regional parties who remain key players.
After Saturday’s polls, the NDA has raised its tally by five and now has 74 members in the House of 245. On the other hand, the Congress-led UPA has 71 members, down by three.
Regional players have 89 members. Their combined strength remains unaltered after the elections. The Samajwadi Party now has 19 members, with a gain of four seats, while the JD(U) and the RJD have a combined strength of 12.
The Trinamool Congress and the AIADMK too have 12 members each, followed by BSP (6), CPM (8), BJD (7) and the DMK (5).Thus, with regional players remaining crucial, the government may now seek their support to pass crucial reform bills such as the Goods and Services Tax Bill.
On June 3, 30 candidates were elected to the Upper House unopposed. The NDA managed to add 11 of its members (BJP 7, TDP 2, Shiv and Shiromani Akali Dal one each) to its Rajya Sabha tally. While the UPA could send five members to the Upper House (Congress four and NCP one) unopposed.
The other parties — JD-U (2), RJD (2), AIADMK (4), DMK (2) and BJD (3) — were able to send 13 members to the Rajya Sabha unopposed.
In Saturday’s polls held to the remaining 27 seats, the BJP won 12 seats — two in Haryana, one in Uttar Pradesh, four in Rajasthan, two in Madhya Pradesh, one in Karnataka and two in Jharkhand.
Congress, on the other hand, won six seats — one each in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand and three in Karnataka.
Out of 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, the SP won seven seats, BSP two, BJP and the Congress one each. The House also has 12 nominated members. In the Rajya Sabha bypoll necessitated following the demise of Congress member Praveen Rashtrapal from Gujarat in May, the BJP wrested the seat.
Current seat tally
Samajwadi Party 19
Trinamool Cong 21
Biju Janta Dal 7