Javadekar, Sharad elected as RS members
The result was declared by the state assembly’s principal secretary and returning officer for the Rajya Sabha bypoll, Bhagwandev Israni.
Israni handed over the certificate of election to Javadekar’s nominee. Only a single nomination form of Javadekar was received by the Returning Office for the bypoll and he was elected unopposed.
The bypoll was necessitated as the sitting BJP member and former Union minister Faggan Singh Kulaste got elected to the Lok Sabha from Mandla (ST) seat following which he resigned from his RS membership.
Meanwhile, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar, but in two other seats, the party’s official candidates were facing stiff challenge from Independents backed by rebels and the BJP.
After end of withdrawal deadline at 3:00 pm, assembly secretary Hareram Mukhiya declared Sharad Yadav elected unopposed to the seat vacated by LJP President Ramvilas Paswan after victory in the Lok Sabha poll.
There were four candidates for the two other seats, Mukhiya, who is returning officer for the three RS seats in Bihar, told reporters here.
For the two seats JD(U) official candidates diplomat-politician Pawan Varma and Gulam Rasool Balyawi were being challenged by Independents — real estate baron Anil Sharma and expelled JD(U) leader Sabir Ali respectively who were backed by rebel legislators of Nitish Kumar’s party and the opposition BJP.
The two seats for which voting would take place on 19 June were vacated by BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy and RJD’s Ramkripal Yadav.