Ranchi, Mar 18 : The State is all set to witness elections for the two seats of the Rajya Sabha polling for which will be held on March 26 as at the end of stipulated time frame of withdrawal of nominations none of the three candidates decided to step backwards. Henceforth JMM supremo Shibu Soren, BJP's Deepak Prakash and Congress party's Shahzada Anwar will now fight it out for the two seats to reach the upper house of the parliament.
Elections are being necessitated in the state as tenure of RJD's Premchand Gupta and that of Independent Parimal Nathwani is coming to an end on April 9, 2020. To win a seat in the 81 member Jharkhand Assembly a candidate will have to seek a minimum of 27 votes as at present including Speaker Ravindranath Mahto 80 MLAs are eligible to vote in the elections while Dumka seat is vacant as Chief Minister Hemant Soren who got elected from Barhet and Dumka later resigned from Dumka and took oath as MLA in the house from Barhet seat of Santhal Pargana.
As far as the number games are concerned, the ruling JMM will easily walk away with one seat as the party alone has 29 MLAs which means Guruji is 100 per cent guaranteed of a berth in the Rajya Sabha while for the second seat the BJP and the Congress will fight it out. Among them currently Deepak Prakash enjoys a comfortable position and is more likely to join Guruji in the Upper House as BJP has 26 of its own MLAs, including Babulal Marandi, while AJSU which has two MLAs in the house and Indpendent Amit Yadav have also announced their support for him.
The Congress has 18 MLAs (including Bandhu Tirkey and Pradeep Yadav who recently joined the party) and RJD 1. Others include Kamlesh Singh of NCP, Binod Singh of CPI-ML and Independent Saryu Rai and who will also play very crucial role in the elections of these two seats. (UNI)