The Congress has accused the BJP of horse-trading, alleging that it had engineered defections from its ranks for political gains.
Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, 87, got elected to the Upper House with the support of the opposition Congress as his regional party has only 34 legislators, 10 short of the required 44 votes.
With anxiety over the Rajya Sabha elections out of the way, and less than three weeks left for the Council elections, hectic lobbying has started in the Congress and JDS -
Going by its strength in the assembly, BJP can win two RS seats, while Congress can win one and if Congress and JDS join hands, they can win the fourth seat.
Polls for 55 Rajya Sabha seats in different states are scheduled to be held on March 26.
Baraiya, who is the chief of Bahujan Sangharsh Dal had supported Congress in 2018 Assembly polls.
While the BJP has picked fresh faces to groom next generation of leadership, the Congress has stuck to old guard in major states
As the race for the Rajya Sabha hots up in states, all parties across the political spectrum are finding it hard to deal with aspirations within and balance nominations.
In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP will be able to win one seat from the existing strength, while the saffron outfit would strongly contest for another seat from the state.
According to sources, the Congress could lose around nine of its 19 seats that are falling vacant due to its reduced strength in some states.