UPA doesn’t have numbers of majority mark in Rajya Sabha

The Victory in the Lok Sabha elections has inspired the Congress to think of dumping some of its allies. But the party’s dependence on these very parties in the Rajya Sabha may hold it back.

The Congress has 70 MPs in the Rajya Sabha that has a total strength of 250. The party’s pre-poll allies number 27, making a total of 97. This is still 29 short of the halfway mark of 126.

In case, the strength of other parties and nominated members (a total of nine), whose help UPA can seek to get legislations passed, is added, the strength goes up to 114, still below the half way mark of 123 in the 245-member House. These parties are Samajwadi Party (13), RJD (4), Lok Janasakti Party (1) and JD-S (2). The half-way mark can be reached only if the UPA ropes in the SP'>BSP which has 10 members.

Rajya Sabha will also see new faces as 13 of its members have won the election and will move to the Lower House. BJP has the maximum of six members who will go to the Lok Sabha. These are: leader of the party in Rajya Sabha Jaswant Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Yashwant Sinha, Dileep Singh Judeo and Narendra Singh Tomar.

Two sitting Congress MPs Sushil Kumar Shinde and JP Agarwal will also go to Lok Sabha. In NCP, Supriya Sule and Praful Patel will move to LS.

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