The state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has won the by-elections on two vacant seats of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. BJP’s Dharmendra Singh Sayantwar and Nirmala Paswan were elected unopposed. Where SP bet is empty. Because despite not having majority, SP made Kirti Kol its candidate and later his candidature form was cancelled.
After this it was decided that both were elected unopposed. Returning officer Brij Bhushan Dubey declared both the BJP candidates elected unopposed on the last day of withdrawal of nominations and after that BJP’s strength in the Upper House increased to 75, while the SP Council has only 9 members.
Actually both these seats were vacant after the death of SP leader and former Leader of Opposition Ahmed Hassan and resignation of former MLC Jaiveer Singh Thakur. BJP has fielded its candidates to solve the OBC and Dalit equation. It was vacated by the death of Ahmed Hasan, Gorakhpur region president Dharmendra Singh and the resignation of Jaiveer Singh.
On the seat, BJP has given ticket to Kashi region vice-president Nirmala Paswan. It is noteworthy that the nomination of SP Kirti Kole was filed before Dharmendra Singh, but his nomination was canceled as his candidate was below 30 years of age. After this both were guaranteed to be elected unopposed.
BJP council has registered 75 members
For the first time in the history of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, BJP has 75 members. The council has nine members from the SP, one each from the BSP, Apna Dal (S), Nishad Party and Jansatta Dal Loktantrik. Where it consists of 2 individual group members, 2 teacher group and 2 individual members. However, six seats are yet to be filled under the nominated quota.