13 Legislative Council seats Polling begins in UP

On Friday, the voting for the 13 seats of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council begins.

The voting was preceded by hectic lobbying till late Thursday with both the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress spreading out a lavish dinner for its legislators.

The ruling SP has named Balram Yadav, Jagjivan Prasad, Kamlesh Pathak, Bukkal Nawab, Yashwant Singh, Ram Sunder Das Nishad, Ranvijay Singh and Shatrudra Prakash as its candidates.

The BSP has nominated Atar Singh Rao, Suresh Kashyap and Dinesh Chandra for the polls and the Congress has named Deepak Singh.

On the other side, BJP candidates include Bhupendra Singh and Daya Shanker Singh as their candidates.

SP needs 232 MLA's votes to sail through its eight candidates but there are reports of a bunch of them having decided to cross-vote.

Whereas, The BSP has fielded three candidates and has 80 legislators. It needs seven extra votes.

There has been a rumour that the SP party hosted a dinner for MLA's late on Thursday and even SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has been actively involved in "management".

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