In the house of 200, the ruling BJP has 160 members and Congress 24. National Peoples Party has four, BSP has three, National Unionist Zamindara Party has two and seven are independents.
Out of 200, 199 MLAs would cast their vote in the RS poll as Kushwaha has been in jail since October, 2014.
The polling ended at 4 PM. All 199 out of 200 MLAs cast their votes. BSP MLA B L Kushwah was not allowed by the high court to cast his vote as he is in judicial custody.
Union minister Venkaiah Naidu, BJP’s national Vice President Om Prakash Mathur, former RBI official Ramkumar Sharma and member of erstwhile Dungarpur royal family Harsh Vardhan Singh were the BJP candidates whereas Kamal Morarka filed nomination papers as independent candidate.
Earlier, BJP had claimed the support of two legislators of National Unionist Zamindara Party and three independent MLAs who attended its training programme yesterday at a hotel.
Congress’s state unit had announced its support to former union minister Morarka on the directions of AICC and issued a whip to the party MLAs to vote for him. It is expecting support of independent MLAs and other non-BJP parties.
Due to presence of Morarka, polling became necessary.