After winning four of the 13 seats in the upper house on Thursday, the BJP became the first party since 1988 to have more than 100 members in the Rajya Sabha, giving it a better chance of winning the vice-presidential election scheduled for August.
The BJP tried to increase their numbers in the upper house to pass the bills smoothly in both the chambers.
Taking to Twitter about the BJP’s victory in the Rajya Sabha elections in Assam, Chief Minister Himanta Bishwa Sharma wrote, “We have won both the Rajya Sabha seats from Assam (one BJP and the other United People’s Party Liberal, UPPL, our partner) by a huge margin of 11 and 9 votes respectively.”
Although the BJP has a majority in the Lok Sabha, it often has to negotiate with allies to get the bill passed.
The numbers are set to give the BJP confidence to win the presidential and vice-presidential elections in July and August.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has increased its number in the Rajya Sabha by winning five seats from Punjab, while the Congress, CPI (M), CPI and UPPL, which are allies of the BJP, have won one seat each.
Incumbent BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland and president of the state women’s front Fangon Koniak has won unopposed. She is the first elected female RS member from Nagaland.
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