Dramatic developments were witnessed in the 17-hour long battle for two Rajya Sabha seats in Haryana. Two Congress votes were objected to within the first hour of polling, resulting in a delay of more than seven hours in counting. Though the counting of votes began after midnight, two rounds of counting were to be held due to the Congress’s demand for recounting.
at 9 am Voting has started for two Rajya Sabha seats. BJP The first to vote was the MLA. At that time the Congress MLA was going from New Delhi to Chandigarh.
9:30 am JJP’s election agent Digvijay Chautala had objected to Bibi Batra’s vote, who alleged breach of confidentiality of the ballot paper. Voting took its first stop. However, the Returning Officer overruled the objection and voting resumed.
at 10 am Kuldeep Bishnoi reached the assembly and cast his vote. It was clear that he was not going to follow his party-line as other Congress MLAs had to come together in a bus to the assembly. Kiran Choudhary had also cast her vote, but Digvijay Chautala and others opposed her vote, accusing her of breaching the secrecy of the ballot paper. However, Returning Officer RK Nandal overruled the objections and allowed Chowdhary to cast his vote. Talking to Kiran Choudhary, “There was a disruption created by Digvijay Chautala. These people (EC) had made very poor and thin cardboard sheets as partitions. I only showed my vote to my supervisor. He (Digvijay) sat in the next division and claimed that he saw my vote or I showed him. They demanded that my vote needs to be disqualified. But I told the Election Commission that this is ridiculous. What kind of divisions did you make? Unless I show my vote to the observer sitting on my lap, the person sitting in the adjoining room can easily get up from his chair and watch the vote. That’s what he (Digvijay) did. He got up from his chair and started creating ruckus but I went ahead and cast my vote. Regarding Batra, whose vote was also doubted, he said, “I think the same was done to Bibi Batra, but I am not sure. It is the wrongful vote of some votes by these people (BJP-JJP). There is work. A strategy is being played to disqualify the way and get what they wanted.
10:30 AM Many MLAs of BJP and JJP reached the assembly by bus and started casting their votes.
11 am The Congress MLA from New Delhi had reached Hooda’s residence. They were given tea, snacks and snacks after which they all reached the meeting. Bhupendra Singh Hooda’s son and Rajya Sabha MP Deependra Hooda tweeted- “Ajay Maken will win in this Rajya Sabha election. Kuldeep Bishnoi is Congress MLA, I believe he has voted for Congress.
11:30 AM By 1130 am, Congress MLAs under the leadership of Bhupinder Singh Hooda reached the assembly and held a brief meeting. By that time, a total of 28 MLAs out of 90 across the party line had already cast their votes.
12 noon Independent MLA Randhir Golen said that Congress candidate Ajay Maken is an outsider, so he will not win. “Even the Congress MLAs feel that the party candidate should have been from Haryana and not an outsider. By 5 pm, the situation will be completely clear. “Kuldeep Bishnoi will not vote for Congress and another Congress vote has been disqualified,” Golen claimed.
12:15 pm It was Abhay Chautala of the INLD who was the first to indicate that “a bigger plan was in the works”. “I have voted for Kartikeya (Sharma). I have congratulated them also. I want with all my heart that he wins. The way Congress has treated its MLAs clearly shows that the party does not even trust its MLAs, so all of them were taken to a resort. The kind of game Congress played last time (2016), many of them were cancelled; This time around, a bigger game plan seems to be in the works. Abhay Chautala after casting his vote said that it is surprising that Congress does not trust its own MLAs and is afraid that they will cross-voting or succumb to the alleged horse-trading.
12:30 PM Haryana’s Independent MLA Balraj Kundu abstains from voting. “I cannot vote for the BJP candidate as these people have looted the state. I will not vote for Kartikeya Sharma as he is a candidate supported by people steeped in corruption. But does it mean should I vote for Congress candidate. However, my conscience asked me why the Congress could not find a single suitable candidate from Haryana. Why did they have to bring in an outsider (Makan) and nominate him from our state. This is an insult to our Haryana. Thus, I have decided not to cast my vote and remain absent. I will not vote for anyone”, Balraj Kundu said outside the assembly premises.
1:30 pm Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the last person to cast his vote. Till now 89 out of 90 MLAs had cast their votes.
130 pm to 4 pm- Haryana: Party line MLAs kept on expressing confidence in the victory of their respective candidates. Congress MLA Neeraj Sharma said, “Congress candidate Ajay Maken will definitely win. We will get more votes than required. Congress candidate Ajay Maken said, ‘I will win, 200 per cent. There is no doubt about it.” Another Congress MLA Bishan Lal Saini said, “There is no cross voting in Congress. BJP should keep an eye on its MLAs. Congress is getting at least 35 votes. If the number turns out to be wrong, I will shave my mustache. Congress MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi said, “I have voted according to my conscience. I showed my vote to the party observer. While JJP’s Ram Kumar Gautam said, “I voted for Kartikeya Sharma.” And there is no doubt that Sharma will definitely win. Congress is not getting the required numbers. Earlier in the day senior BJP leaders Anil Vij, Kanwarpal Gurjar and Sandeep Singh It was claimed that both – BJP candidate Krishna Panwar and pro-BJP independent candidate Kartikeya Sharma would win.
Two senior BJP leaders Anil Vij and BJP state president Om Prakash Dhankhar tried to ask Balraj Kundu to come back to the assembly and cast his vote, but he did not turn up.
4 pm The polling time was over and the counting of votes was to begin at 5 pm. But, before the counting of votes began, Kartikeya Sharma lodged an objection and flagged off the Chief Election Commission accusing Returning Officer RK Nandal of not conducting “fair” elections. The BJP supported him and announced that a delegation of four ministers would meet the CEC in New Delhi.
5 pm Counting of votes could not start due to objections from the candidates.
5:30 pm The BJP delegation met the CEC and demanded the disqualification of two Congress votes. Meanwhile, Congress candidate Ajay Maken, while responding to the objections of Karthikeya Sharma, wrote a letter to the CEC, demanding that both the votes be considered valid, counting of votes be started and results declared. Minutes later, the Congress announced that a delegation led by former Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal would also meet the CEC.
6:30 pm The Congress delegation also met the CEC and expressed its concern.
Counting of votes could not be done from 630 pm (June 10) to 1230 pm (June 11). During this, the CEC summoned the video footage of the voting and only after 1230, approval was given to start the counting of votes.
at 2 o’clock The result was declared and the Congress, acknowledging Maken’s victory, started celebrating. However, Election Commission officials informed the Congress that he was not Maken, but Sharma had won. The Congress demanded a recount, which was conducted and the final result declared that Krishna Panwar and Kartikeya Sharma won and a vote was rejected.
2:30 am Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar reached the assembly and congratulated both the candidates.
3 AM Vinod Sharma spoke to the media persons present there and said that he thanks all the MLAs for supporting Karthikeya. In response to a question, he also said that he also thanks Kuldeep Bishnoi.
4 in the morning -Winner Krishna Panwar and Kartikeya Sharma came out after completing the legal formalities