The gap between BJP-led NDA and Congress has marked the widest first time in history with BJP earning a massive nine-seat victory in the Rajya Sabha.
For the first time in history, Congress, the main opposition party, has hit an all-time low in Rajya Sabha. This is followed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s conclusive win with nine of 11 seats in the Upper House of the Parliament.
Of these nine seats, eight candidates belong to Uttar Pradesh and one from the neighboring Uttarakhand – who were declared elected unopposed to the Upper House. With these nine members being added to BJP’s Rajya Sabha quota, the strength has been solidified to a whopping 92 of 123 seats.
BJP is the single-largest party in the Upper House along with its allies in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. While BJP itself is just 31 seats short, but with the addition of its (BJP) allies - five members from Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United), Ramdas Athawale’s Republican Party of India, nine MPs from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and some more from Northeast parties, NDA easily crosses the tally of 110.
The Congress, who dominated the Rajya Sabha for decades in the past, has reached its lowest number – 38. With losing members of the parliament to other parties, Congress’s tally dipped the lowest ever, numerically. The dominance in the Upper House of the BJP-led NDA will be evident in the coming times as now it will be easier for them to get approval by the House.