27 Feb 2024

Rajya Sabha Election-2024: Will there be cross-voting? Eight Samajwadi Party MLAs don't attend dinner hosted by Akhilesh Yadav in UP

Voting is going to be held today for 15 seats of Rajya Sabha. Of these, 10 seats are from Uttar Pradesh, four seats from Karnataka and 1 seat from Himachal Pradesh.

There are speculations that there will be a tough contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajwadi Party for one seat in Uttar Pradesh because eight MLAs of the party did not attend the dinner organized by the SP chief Akhilesh Yadav before the voting.

Due to their absence, speculations regarding cross-voting have intensified. SP spokesperson has said that the stand of these MLAs will be known only at the time of voting.

In fact, on Monday evening, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had organized a dinner for his MLAs and called a meeting.

A senior leader of Samajwadi Party, on the condition of keeping his identity confidential, said that the party had called this meeting regarding the voting process of Rajya Sabha elections.

Party's Chief Whip in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Manoj Pandey and seven other MLAs did not turn up.

The names of these MLAs are - Mukesh Verma, Maharaji Prajapati, Pooja Pal, Rakesh Pandey, Vinod Chaturvedi, Rakesh Pratap Singh and Abhay Singh.

Samajwadi Party's national spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary admitted that seven MLAs did not attend the dinner and meeting organized by party chief Akhilesh Yadav. However, he did not reveal the names of these MLAs.

When asked whether Apna Dal (Kameravadi) leader Pallavi Patel, who is a SP MLA, also attended, Chaudhary said that she was not in the meeting, she had a separate meeting with Yadav.

SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary says that Pallavi Patel has assured to support the Samajwadi Party candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections.

He also said that the real stand of the MLAs who did not come to the meeting will be known only during the voting to be held on Tuesday.

Chaudhary expressed confidence that all three candidates of Samajwadi Party will win.

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