The Bharatiya Janata Party has become the first party since 1988 to touch the 100-seat mark in the Rajya Sabha with the results of biennial elections to the Upper House. The rise of BJP numbers in the House has been accompanied by a decline in Congress numbers as the opposition party has lost a string of assembly polls since 2014. The loss in many states has further brought down Congress numbers and the party will be close to losing the status of Leader of Opposition by July this year.
The BJP and NDA’s growing strength in Rajya Sabha is also likely to translate into the government legislation having a smoother passage in the upper House.
In the recently held elections, BJP candidate Dr. Sikandar Kumar was elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Himachal Pradesh. The party now has all seats from the state in the Upper House of Parliament.
Smt. S Phangnon Konyak, who is the President of Nagaland BJP Mahila Morcha, was also elected unopposed to the Upper House. She is the first Rajya Sabha MP of the BJP from Nagaland.
Tripura BJP President Shri Manik Saha won the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state and become the first member of BJP from the state in the Upper House.
BJP and its ally United People’s Party Liberal won the two Rajya Sabha seats in Assam for which polling was held. For the first time, Congress will have no Rajya Sabha MP from Assam.