Telangana BJP to abstain from voting in Rajya Sabha polls; TRS expected to win all three seats

The Opposition BJP said it would stay away from Rajya Sabha polls being held on Friday to fill three vacancies from Telangana.

PTI March 22, 2018 22:12:21 IST
Telangana BJP to abstain from voting in Rajya Sabha polls; TRS expected to win all three seats

Hyderabad: The Opposition BJP on Thursday said it would stay away from Rajya Sabha polls being held on Friday to fill three vacancies from Telangana.

A decision to the effect was taken as per the directives of the party's central leadership, state BJP president K Laxman said in a statement.

Election would be held to fill three vacancies and four candidates, three belonging to TRS and one Congress nominee, are in the fray.

TDP's Telangana unit said on Wednesday it would not take part in the Rajya Sabha election.

With the BJP and TDP deciding to stay away from the election, the TRS is expected to wrest the three seats as its ally AIMIM has announced support to the party.

In the 119-member Legislative Assembly, the party-wise strength is: TRS - 82, INC - 19, MIM - 7, BJP - 5, TDP - 3, Independent - 1, CPM - 1 and CPI - 1.

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