After the governing congress lost its only rajya sabha seat in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, the bjp has called for a floor test there as it faces potential revolt from its lawmakers in the wake of the Upper House's biennial elections.
Senior bjp leader and leader of Opposition in the state legislature Jairam Thakur met with party MLAs at raj bhavan on wednesday as intensive political manoeuvring began in Himachal Pradesh. According to sources, the bjp insisted on a floor test in the Himachal legislature, alleging chief minister Sukhvinder Sukhu had forfeited his right to hold office.

• Following his discussion with the governor, Jairam Thakur announced to media, "Harsh Mahajan, the bjp candidate, won the rajya sabha elections." The government of congress currently lacks the moral justification to continue in office."

• The bjp won, causing a surprise upset for the congress, which is now in power in Himachal Pradesh. In a tightly fought campaign that resulted in a tie, Harsh Mahajan of the bjp beat abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress. Both candidates received 34 votes apiece, suggesting a high level of cross-voting within the congress membership.

• Chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu is in a precarious position following the election of the bjp candidate, who had the backing of three independents and six congress members who had previously supported the administration. Senior Congressmen bhupinder singh Hooda and D K Shivakumar have been sent by the top leadership to speak with the unhappy MLAs.

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