Kolkata: Even after doing well in the West Bengal Assembly elections, the ruling BJP at the Centre in the Upper House of Parliament does not seem to be gaining much at the moment. A report on Monday claimed that the BJP's membership in the state will increase by one seat by next year and its total number of members will be 96. At present, the BJP has 95 members in the Upper House. The House currently has 240 members. However, no seat in West Bengal has been vacated for the elections.
According to media reports, about 78 members will complete their term in 2022. These include Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, veteran Congress leaders P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, and Kapil Sibal. Out of Sunday's results in five states, only the ruling parties have returned to power in three states. Brokerage Kotak Institutional Equities in a report said the BJP will not benefit much in the next round of Rajya Sabha elections in 2022 as it will have fewer seats from Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.
In Uttar Pradesh, there has been no increase in its seat from West Bengal even after the gains. In West Bengal, Trinamool Congress (TMC) has won 213 seats while BJP has managed to take its membership in the Assembly from three to 77.