Madhya Pradesh: Congress issues whip to MLAs ahead of Rajya Sabha poll

The Madhya Pradesh Congress Legislature Party on Thursday issued a whip to its members to vote for the party candidate Vivek Tankha in the June 11 biennial election to the Rajya Sabha.
The whip was issued by chief whip Ram Niwas Rawat. It also directed the party MLAs to show the ballot to the party’s authorised agent before casting it.
Congress has 57 MLAs in the state and is short of one vote to ensure the victory of its candidate. BSP has four MLAs and has already issued a whip to its legislators to vote for the Congress candidate.
In the 230-member Assembly, the ruling BJP has 166 members followed by Congress (57), BSP (4) and Independents (3). Congress had asked the senior party leader and former Union Minister Kamal Nath to camp in Bhopal to ensure victory of its candidate. Nath has been holding one-to-one meetings with the legislators at the state Congress office here.
AICC general secretary and in-charge of Madhya Pradesh Mohan Prakash too has reached here. Both will remain here till the completion of voting on June 11, party sources said.