Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-06-09 21:24 Bengaluru: With the stage set for RS and LC polls, scheduled to be held on June 10, parties are trying hard to ensure that their elected representatives will not violate their party’s diktat and indulge in any cross-voting. Janata Dal (S) state president HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday called upon party members to vote for BM Farooq, who is the party’s Rajya Sabha candidate from the state. The party has decided to reserve 29 votes for their first candidate Narayanaswamy and the remaining votes will be cast for their second candidate Dr Venkatapathi Raju. Though the candidates are likely to fall short of required numbers, the JD(S) is confident of getting support of the independent candidates. The BJP and the Congress are yet to finalise their voting strategy. State BJP party president is yet to reveal how the party’s second candidate, Lehar Singh, will get the adequate numbers to get a second term to the upper house. The election of two candidates for the upper house is considered crucial for the numbers game in Rajya Sabha, wherein the NDA is looking forward to get the GST bill passed. While Yeddyurappa, also an MP from Shivamogga, has reportedly assured the party high command that the party would have an upper hand, state BJP leaders are not so sure. The Congress, too, is confident of garnering the required votes. Rubbishing talk of bickering within the party, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed confidence of the Congress winning the maximum number of seats.