Independents bring suspense to predictable Rajya Sabha polls
NEW DELHI: Predictable most of the times and a routine affair that hardly generates much political heat, the Rajya Sabha polls have come alive, thanks to several Independent candidates entering the fray for the June 11 polls.
Though the spotlight is on Priti Mahapatra, the glamorous wife of a prominent businessman from Odisha, several other independent candidates from Haryana to Madhya Pradesh have added equal fizz to the elections, upsetting calculations of both ruling and opposition parties.
Priti Mahapatra, wife of businessman Harihara Mahapatra, filed nominations on Tuesday from Uttar Pradesh, potentially jeopardising the established arithmetic of biennial polls in the state. Seen as an outsider in UP politics, Mahapatra claimed she enjoys the support of BJP and some other parties of the state.
Her entry has forced an election as she is the 12th candidate for 11 seats. The Congress, according to analysts, could suffer if Priti can mop up votes across party lines.
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