Big setback for Congress, BJP emerges as largest party with 58 MPs in Rajya Sabha
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 04-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 4: With 58 members against 57 members of the Congress, BJP emerges as the single largest political party in the Rajya Sabha. This is the first time that the party has become the number one formation in the upper House after the Narendra Modi government came to power in May 2014.

BJP MP Sampatiya Uikey, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha following a bypoll in Madhya Pradesh took oath on Thursday. Madhya Pradesh has 11 Rajya Sabha seats of which 8 are with the BJP and 3 are with the Congress. The seat against which Sampatiya Uikey has been nominated fell vacant after the death of Union Minister Anil Dave. Sampatiya will serve the remainder of Dave's term till June 2022.

 

The BJP-led government is still short of a majority in the 245-seat Upper House of Parliament but it can rely on parties like All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Biju Janata Dal, Indian National Lok Dal, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, YSR Congress Party and others to gain a majority in the Upper House.

Meanwhile, NDA’s numbers are set to get a boost in the Rajya Sabha with the Janata Dal (United) BJP Bihar alliance.