Rajya Sabha polls: Keen contest on the cards for fourth seat

JD(S) candidate B.M. Farook  

With Legislative Assembly Speaker K.B. Koliwad informing the High Court of Karnataka on Thursday that he needs some more time to decide on the issue of disqualification of seven rebel Janata Dal (Secular) legislators, Congress and JD(S) candidates for the elections to the four seats of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka are worried about the possibility of cross-voting on Friday.

Though the rebel MLAs have heaved a sigh of relief, there is seeming tension among Congress and JD(S) candidates fighting for the fourth seat — G.C. Chandrashekar and B.M. Farook, respectively, over the possibility of cross-voting.

Five candidates — L. Hanumanthaiah, Naseer Hussain and Mr. Chandrashekar of the Congress, Rajeev Chandrasekhar of the BJP, and Mr. Farook of the JD(S) — are contesting for the four seats.

In numbers
  • Total number of seats
  • in the Legislative
  • Assembly: 224
  • No. of vacant seats: 7
  • Five candidates are contesting for the four seats of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka
  • Percentage of first
  • priority votes required for the victory of each candidate: 44.4

To keep their flock together, all the three political parties have issued whip to their MLAs. Each candidate has to get 44.4% of the first priority votes to get elected.

With the entry of Ashok Kheny into its fold, strength of the Congress in the Assembly has gone up to 123. After assuring the victory of its first two candidates, Mr. Hanumanthaiah and Mr. Hussain, the Congress will have an additional 33 votes. If the JD(S) rebels support Mr. Chandrashekar, repeating the pattern of the last Rajya Sabha elections, his victory is rest assured as the Congress is planning to enlist the support of Independent MLAs too.

It is also being argued that the victory of Mr. Farook is not difficult if the rebels exercise their franchise adhering to the whip issued by the JD(S), as the party is also planning to get the support of Independent legislators.

It is said that the JD(S) is trying to fish in troubled waters and get the support of Congress MLAs who are not sure of getting ticket to contest the coming Assembly elections. If such a development takes place, then Mr. Chandrashekar’s victory will be difficult.

Following the death of one of its legislators (Chikkamadu S.) and the resignation of two of its MLAs Manappa Vajjal and Shivaraj Patil, strength of the JD(S) in the House has dipped to 30. To win, Mr. Farook needs at least 15 more votes.

The BJP has the numbers — with legislators including C.P. Yogeshwar and A.S. Patil Nadahalli joining the party — to ensure the victory of Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

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