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BJP overtakes Congress to become largest party in Rajya Sabha

The BJP-led NDA is still short of a majority in the Upper House. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 04, 2017, 07.05 AM (IST)

The BJP on Thursday overtook Congress to become the largest political party in the Rajya Sabha, where it now has 58 members against 57 of the main opposition party

BJP MP Sampatiya Uikey, who was elected to the Upper House following a bypoll in Madhya Pradesh took oath on Thursday

His election was necessitated by the death of Union Minster, Anil Madhav Dave

This is the first time that the saffron party has become the number one formation in the RS after the Narendra Modi government came to power in May 2014

The BJP-led NDA, however, is still short of a decisive majority in the house but the joining of JD(U) to the ruling block has further boosted its numbers.

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