Category Archives: Rajya Sabha elections

Sachin takes oath; becomes Rajya Sabha MP

New Delhi: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha on Monday. He took the oath in the chamber of the Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari.

He became the first active sportsperson of the country to be nominated as the Rajya Sabha member.

Earlier, Sachin reached the parliament along with his wife Anjali Tendulkar and BCCI vice-president and parliamentary affairs minister Rajiv Shukla.

In a surprising move, Government had recommended Sachin’s name along with Bollywood actress Rekha and businesswoman Anu Aga as the nominated member of the Rajya Sabha. Though Rekha and Aga took oath in May, Sachin could not do so due to his IPL commitments.

Meanwhile, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said that his senior team-mate Sachin Tendulkar will make a contribution as a Rajya Sabha member also.

“This (Rajya Sabha) is a new avenue for him and I am sure he will do well and contribute there also,” Dhoni had told reporters.

World chess champion Viswanathan Anand also said that Sachin Tendulkar serving as Rajya Sabha member would be a big step in his life and wished the cricket legend to enjoy his new role.

“I hope he (Tendulkar) enjoys his role and he is able to do it very well. It`s a big step for him and I think he will enjoy it,” Anand said.

 

Source : http://zeenews.india.com/sports/cricket/sachin-takes-oath-becomes-rajya-sabha-mp_743227.html

Sachin Tendulkar to take oath as Rajya Sabha member today

New Delhi: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will take oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha on Monday. He will take the oath in the chamber of Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari.

In a surprising move, Government had recommended Sachin’s name along with Bollywood actress Rekha and businesswoman Anu Aga as the niminated member of the Rajya Sabha. Though Rekha and Aga took oath in May, Sachin could not do so due to his IPL commitments.

Meanwhile, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said that his senior team-mate Sachin Tendulkar will make a contribution as a Rajya Sabha member also.

“This (Rajya Sabha) is a new avenue for him and I am sure he will do well and contribute there also,” Dhoni had told reporters.

World chess champion Viswanathan Anand also said that Sachin Tendulkar serving as Rajya Sabha member would be a big step in his life and wished the cricket legend to enjoy his new role.

“I hope he (Tendulkar) enjoys his role and he is able to do it very well. It`s a big step for him and I think he will enjoy it,” Anand said.

 

 

 

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/sports/cricket/sachin-tendulkar-to-take-oath-as-rajya-sabha-member-today_743227.html

‘Why was I in focus when Rekha took oath?’

New Delhi: Politics seems to have entered Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan’s personal sphere, in the literal sense, as she is peeved with the Rajya Sabha TV coverage while actress Rekha was taking oath as a member of the upper house.

The Samajwadi Party MP complained to Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice President Hamid Ansari about her being focused frequently by the state run channel while Rekha was taking oath.

The Samajwadi Party MP told Ansari that she felt hurt by the way Rajya Sabha TV kept cutting to her when Rekha was taking oath.

Following her complain, Ansari called Rajya Sabha TV CEO and asked him to explain about the footage.

Jaya Bachchan is the wife of Bollywood superstar Amitah Bachchan. The legendary star was reportedly having an affair with Rekha in the 1970s, and hence all the animosity!

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/entertainment/celebrity/why-was-i-in-focus-when-rekha-took-oath_111489.htm

Rekha takes oath as Rajya Sabha MP

New Delhi: Cine superstar Rekha on Tuesday took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha, becoming yet another
personality from the tinsel town to enter the portals of Parliament.
Clad in golden brown saree and a matching high-heel sandals, the 57-year-old actor of yesteryears arrived in the Upper House at 10.57 hours and was immediately surrounded by members who greeted her profusely.
Renowned journalist and nominated member H.K. Dua offered her his seat no. 97 and was seen explaining the procedure before Chairman Hamid Ansari took his seat.
She was greeted with thumping of desk when her name was called for taking oath. “I Rekha Ganeshan” she said, swearing in the name of God in her brief oath in English.
Ansari remarked “welcome” as she walked up to him after taking oath and greeted him with folded hands.
After signing the member register, she greeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley and other leaders before walking to her alloted seat no. 99.

Her ‘Silsila’ rival, Jaya Bachchan (SP), who entered the House before her, occupied her new seat and was engrossed in the day’s agenda and the two ladies of Bollywood did not greet
each other.
Rekha, seated next to Anu Aga (Nom), put on headphones as the House took up listed questions. In between she exchanged notes with Javed Akhtar.
Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi was among those who greeted her before the House began.
Nineteen minutes and 23 seconds into the proceedings, Rekha stood up, shook hands with Aga and Dua before making a quiet exit from the House.
Rekha, who was nominated to the Upper House on April 26 along with Sachin Tendulkar, met the Chairman and the Prime Minister in Parliament before taking oath.
There was excitement outside Parliament House and in the corridors as the Bollywood star of the 80s arrived. News camerapersons ran towards her vehicle as it arrived near the main entrance of Parliament.
Amid chaotic scenes at the entrance, Rekha was taken to the special entrance gate used by the Prime Minister.
Accompanied by the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla, she met the Rajya Sabha Chairman. She was then taken to the office of the Prime Minister, who is the Leader of the Rajya Sabha.
Born on October 10, 1954, Rekha, whose original name was Bhanurekha Ganesan had begun her film career at the tender age of 12 and acted as as child actress in the Telugu movie ‘Rangula Ratnam’.
At the age of 16, she made her debut in Hindi film ‘Sawan Bhadon’ in 1970 in which she was cast in the lead role. Rekha, who has acted in around 180 films in her film career spanning four decades, got national and international acclaim with her films like Umrao Jaan, Silsila, Aastha and Kama Sutra, a foreign production directed by Mira Nair.
Tendulkar is expected to take oath as a Rajya Sabha member on Wednesday. The terms of both Rekha and Tendulkar as Rajya Sabha members began on April 27.
Welcoming Rekha to the Rajya Sabha, RJD chief Lalu Prasad said, “Rekha is a great artist, we welcome her into our fraternity.”
Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Tuesday refused to comment on reports of SP MP Jaya Bachchan’s demand to change her seat in Rajya Sabha after Bollywood actress Rekha’s nomination to the Upper House, saying it was her own ‘Silsila’.
“I don’t want to say anything on why Jaya Bachchan changed her seat. It’s her own ‘Silsila’. Amitabh Bachchan is my friend and have seen Rekha in his films. I congratulated her when I met her today. I don’t have any personal equation with her though,” Amar Singh told reporters.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/rekha-takes-oath-as-rajya-sabha-mp/257982-37-64.html

J’khand: BJP’s Ahluwalia loses RS polls; Cong, JMM win

Ranchi: In what could add to the worries of BJP, its leader SS Ahluwalia on Thursday lost Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand as Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress candidates won with 23 and 25 votes respectively.

Ahluwalia, who has been former deputy leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, could garner only 20 votes.

Polling for the two Rajya Sabha seats began at 9 am Thursday in the Jharkhand assembly premises in Ranchi.

A total of 68 votes were polled in the 82-member state assembly.

BJP is heading the ruling coalition in Jharkhand in partnership with JMM although both parties have 18 MLAs each.

JMM had earlier asked BJP to withdraw its candidate in favour Sanjeev Kumar but the latter rejected the call.

Eleven members of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) and the lone MLA of CPI(ML-Liberation) abstained from voting.

There is a nominated member but the seat is vacant.

Today’s RS poll was rescheduled after it was countermanded on March 31 in the wake of allegations use of money power and horse-trading which the Election Commission said had “vitiated” the electoral process to the upper house in the state. Rs 2.15 crore was seized from the car of a relative of an independent candidate R K Agarwal.

Ahluwalia was denied nomination by BJP in the earlier round of Rajya Sabha elections when about 50 seats had been decided and he was fielded only after the countermanding of the poll in Jharkhand.

 

 

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/jharkhand/j-khand-bjp-s-ahluwalia-loses-rs-polls-cong-jmm-win_773031.html

Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha nominated to Rajya Sabha

NEW DELHI: Sachin Tendulkar, who turned 39 yesterday, will now become a parliamentarian with the government nominating him to the House of Elders, Rajya Sabha, along with actress of yesteryear Rekhaand industrialist Anu Aga. The nomination of the three eminent personalities was tonight approved by President Pratibha Patil underArticle 80 of the Constitution that allows the President to nominate 12 members to the 250-member Upper House.

The names of Tendulkar, who has brought many a laurel to the country through his exploits in the game, Rekha, known for her brilliant and emotional portrayals in Hindi cinema in the 80s, and industrialist and social worker Aga were sent by the Prime Minister to the home ministry yesterday for approval by the President.

70-year-old Aga, former chairperson of Thermax Industries and a member of the Sonia Gandhiled National Advisory Council, is a social worker who had figured among the richest Indians in the list by Forbes. Article 80 of the Constitution provides for nomination of persons having special knowledge or practical experience in matters such as literature, science, art and social service. 57-year-old Rekha was one of the top heroines of the 80s in Hindi films and and had won several national awards in her acting career.

Tendulkar’s nomination to Rajya Sabha has come as a surprise against the backdrop of a long-standing demand for conferring of Bharat Ratna on him for his contribution to the game.

He completed the historic achievement of scoring 100 international centuries in March this year. Earlier in the day, Tendulkar, accompanied by his wife Anjali, met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence. Tendulkar would be the first active sportsman and a cricketer to be nominated to Rajya Sabha.

The House already has a member from the film world in Javed Akhtar. Tendulkar is the first sports personality to be nominated to Rajya Sabha while there have been several film personalities who have been nominated in the past.

Film personalities who were nominated in the past include Hema Malini, Vyjayantimala, NargisDutt, Lata Mangeshkar and Sivaji Ganesan. Under the anti-defection law, a nominated member has the option to give a declaration within six months if he wants to associate himself with a political party in the House.

 

 

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sachin-Tendulkar-Rekha-nominated-to-Rajya-Sabha/articleshow/12883036.cms

BJP fields Ahluwalia for Rajya Sabha seat

New Delhi: Setting aside internal differences, BJP today declared S S Ahluwalia- its outgoing Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha- as the party candidate from Jharkhand for the biennial elections to the Upper House.

Ahluwalia, who completed fourth term as a Rajya Sabha MP on April 2, was denied a ticket by the BJP despite being an effective Deputy Leader of the party. He was MP from Jharkhand in his last term as well.

BJP had decided not to put up a candidate from Jharkhand where it is a party of the ruling coalition headed by JMM. The latter had fielded Supreme Court lawyer Sanjeev Kumar as its candidate.

The Jharkhand Rajya Sabha polls had run into a controversy when Rs 2.15 Crore cash was seized from an SUV belonging to a kin of one of the Independent candidates R K Agarwal. Election Commission had countermanded the elections due to use of money power to win these elections.

Ahluwalia thanked BJP for “reposing faith in him”.

Ahluwalia got this opportunity after the BJP did a rethink on the issue when fresh elections were announced by the Election Commission. Polling will be held on May 2 for the two seats from Jharkhand.

Both BJP and JMM have 18 MLAs each while the total votes required for a candidate to win a Rajya Sabha seat from Jharkhand is 27. The coalition also has the support of AJSU, JD(U) and Independents.

It is not clear whether JMM will field a candidate.
Anshuman Mishra, a London businessman, had also filed his nomination papers earlier and six BJP MLAs, among others, had supported him then. However, when senior BJP leaders issued directions to party MLAs not to vote for Mishra, he withdrew his nomination.

 

 

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/jharkhand/bjp-fields-ahluwalia-for-rajya-sabha-seat_770678.html

 

Yashwant Sinha demands CBI probe into J’khand poll

New Delhi: Lauding the Election Commission for its “bold” decision of scrapping the Rajya Sabha poll in Jharkhand, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has asked it to get a thorough probe conducted by the CBI or any other agency into the events since the start of election process.

In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi, Sinha noted that Jharkhand had become a “happy hunting ground for unscrupulous moneybags” and asked the poll body to investigate the role of MLAs and why they agreed to sign the nomination papers of independent candidates. He demanded that those found guilty of electoral malpractices be barred from contesting election “for the maximum permissible period”.

“Those found guilty of electoral malpractices, both amongst candidates and their proposers, should be barred from contesting elections for the maximum permissible period,” he wrote to Quraishi.

The BJP leader also asked the CEC to separately proceed against those legislators found guilty under the Prevention of Corruption Act, they being public servants.

He also demanded that the expenditure limit for RS poll be reduced drastically to a few thousand rupees, as they are indirect elections and said Quraishi should ask all candidates who filed their nominations to submit their election expenditure statements and get the same strictly scrutinised from the investigation agency with reference to the facts emerging during the investigation.

Sinha asked EC to exercise strict vigilance from the start of election process in future, as done in Lok Sabha and Assembly polls and feared “what would have happened if the cash would not have been seized and the Commission not cancelled the election”.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/jharkhand/yashwant-sinha-demands-cbi-probe-into-j-khand-poll_767846.html

Would like to conduct Jharkhand Rajya Sabha polls before Presidential elections: CEC

New Delhi: Chief Election Commisssioner SY Quraishi has said that he would like to conduct the scrapped Jharkhand Rajya Sabha elections before the Presidential polls. The Jharkhand Rajya Sabha elections were cancelled by the election Commission.
The Election Commission on Friday countermanded the Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand in the wake of allegations of horse trading and seizure of over Rs 2 crore in cash, saying the election process there “has been seriously vitiated”.
“The Commission is satisfied that the current election process for Rajya Sabha election from Jharkhand has been seriously vitiated and cannot be permitted to proceed,” the 3-member EC headed by Quraishi said in a 12-page order.
“Accordingly, the Commission hereby recommends under Article 324 of the Constitution read with Section 21 of the General Clauses Act, 1897,…to the President that she may be pleased to rescind the notification of March 12 calling upon the elected members of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly to elect two members to the Council of States,” it said.
While Rajya Sabha elections have been countermanded in the past, this is the first time that such a step has been taken on account of vitiation of the election process because of money power.
The Commission’s decision came after a day-long meeting to inquire into the source of the huge cash seizures made by Income Tax authorities in Ranchi on Friday morning.
The order came following complaints by several political parties to the EC over use of money power and horse trading in these polls.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/jharkhand-rs-polls-likely-before-prez-polls-cec/244515-37-64.html

EC asks Prez to scrap Jharkhand Rajya Sabha poll

The Election Commission of India late on Friday night recommended to the President to countermand the Rajya Sabha polls in Jharkhand in the wake of allegations of horse trading and seizure of over Rs 2.15 crore from a candidate’s brother. It said the election process there “has been seriously vitiated”.

“The commission is satisfied that the current election process for the Rajya Sabha election in Jharkhand has been seriously vitiated and cannot be permitted to proceed,” the three-member EC headed by Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi said in a 12-page order. “Accordingly, the Commission hereby recommends under Article 324 of the Constitution, read with Section 21 of the General Clauses Act, 1897, to the President that she may be pleased to rescind the notification of March 12 calling upon the elected members of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly to elect two members to the Council of States,” it said.

While Rajya Sabha elections have been countermanded in the past, this is the first time that such a step has been taken on account of vitiation of the election process because of money power. The Commission’s decision came after a day-long meeting to inquire into the source of the huge cash seizures made by Income Tax authorities in Ranchi on Friday morning.

After the election, the Election Commission had instructed its officials to keep process of counting and declaration of result on hold following reports of I-T raids across Jharkhand and seizure of Rs 2.15 crore allegedly belonging to independent candidate RK Agrawal. I-T Department intercepted a vehicle registered against the name of one Sushil Kumar Agrawal, brother of RK Agrawal, an Independent candidate. “We believe that the said amount was to be used to influence voting,” I-T Commissioner Vir Birsa Munda told the media.

Earlier after a high-voltage political drama on Friday, the BJP voted for its alliance partner and JMM candidate Sanjeev Kumar.

The BJP, which had earlier announced to abstain from voting, finally decided to vote for Sanjeev Kumar of the JMM. The BJP asked all its 18 MLAs to cast their first preference votes to the JMM candidate. The party warned its MLAs of disciplinary action if they defy order or cast second preference vote. But before announcing this, the BJP asked the JMM to ensure that all its 18 MLAs cast their vote to Sanjeev and none put themselves on the auction.

There are five candidates in the fray, including Sanjeev Kumar (JMM), Pradeep Balmuchu (Cong), Praveen Singh (JVM), RK Agrawal and Pawan Kumar Dhoot both Independent.

Source: http://www.dailypioneer.com/home/online-channel/360-todays-newspaper/53988-ec-asks-prez-to-scrap-jharkhand-rajya-sabha-poll.html