Big boost for Team Modi-Shah coming soon? BJP-led NDA could achieve crucial majority in Rajya Sabha
The prediction by PRS Legislative Research, which tracks the functioning of India`s parliament, shows that the BJP alone could secure 83 seats in the upper house by next year - 10 more than it currently holds.
If this happens, it will be a real big boost for Team Modi-Shah! According to a projection by an independent research firm, BJP-led NDA could achieve a crucial majority in the Rajya Sabha next year if some small regional parties join the bloc that recently won a massive mandate in the Lok Sabha. Here are details by of the prediction by PRS Legislative Research:-
- The prediction by PRS Legislative Research, which tracks the functioning of India`s parliament, shows that the BJP alone could secure 83 seats in the upper house by next year - 10 more than it currently holds.
- The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) could control 107 seats, seven more than its current tally and just 15 short of a majority in the 243-member chamber, PRS said.
- The increases in the NDA numbers in the projection come from states like Uttar Pradesh that the BJP resoundingly won in the 2017 state election.
- PRS' projection shows that to get to the 122 seats needed for a majority, the NDA would need the support of regional parties from eastern and southern India. Noteworthy, some of the key parties have supported the NDA in the past.
Most members of the Rajya Sabha are elected by lawmakers from state assemblies, while a dozen are nominated by the central government. All of them enjoy a full-term lasting six years, with a third of the house retiring after every second year.
Modi and the BJP already have an iron grip over the Lok Sabha after they won a general election last month with a landslide mandate, improving on his massive win in 2014.
Congress, on the other hand, is set to lose 12 seats in Rajya Sabha by 2020, bringing its total tally down to 38.
In the Lok Sabha, Congress controls only 52 seats, compared to the BJP`s record 303 members, rendering it unable to block any legislation in that chamber.